by Ruth Kinna and Clifford Harper
In 1900 a Republican-leaning US local broadsheet crowned Lucy Parsons an anarchist queen. The widow of Haymarket martyr Albert Parsons, she never played second fiddle to Albert nor stood in his shadow. She was a talented writer, orator and organiser in her own right.
These short introductions delve into the anarchist canon to recover some of the distinctive ideas that historical anarchists advanced to address problems relevant to their circumstances. Although these contexts were special, many of the issues the anarchists wrestled with still plague our lives. Anarchists developed a body of writing about power, domination, injustice and exploitation, education, prisons and a lot more besides. Honing in on different facets of the anarchist canon is not just an interesting archaeological exercise. The persistence, development and adaptation of anarchist traditions depends on our surveying the historical landscape of ideas and drawing on the resources it contains. The theoretical toolbox that this small assortment of anarchists helped to construct is there to use, amend and adapt.
Agitate, Educate, Organise!
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