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At the Cafe: Conversations on Anarchism

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While Malatesta was hiding from the police he regularly went to a cafe in Ancona, Italy. He had shaved off his usual beard but he was still taking a risk. Especially as this wasn't an anarchist cafe, but had a variety of customers including the local policeman. The conversations he had in this cafe became the basis for the dialogues that make up this book.
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Paperback, 159 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Freedom Press (first published February 1st 2006)
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This is quite a good exposition of what could be, and how we could get is rather theoretical of course but in simple language. And I liked the format of question and answer, although I do doubt that anyone sitting in an Italian cafe would have such a courteous and expository dialog. It certainly makes it easier to read and highlights the common questions that come up in any discussion of a better future. The fundamental one being human nature of course, but surrounding that the need f ...more
Great discussion of anarchism in Malatesta's socratic method. Everything explained, even why capitalism fails as a theory
Introductory text to the ideas of anarchist-communism as espoused by E. Malatesta.
Eye Opener. From the Golden times.
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This is a series of dialogues written while Malatesta was "incognito", a shaved beard, in Italy during the late 19th century. He frequented a cafe that was not exclusively anarchist and where the patrons took several different positions that contrasted his. Also, a lot of his discussions where with an agent of the state, and if the guy knew that he had an anarchist agitator on his hands, Malatesta surely would have been arrested.

Of course, if the reader is familiar with Malatesta's works, this b
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Errico Malatesta (December 14, 1853 – July 22, 1932) was an Italian anarchist. He spent much of his life exiled from Italy and in total spent more than ten years in prison. Malatesta wrote and edited a number of radical newspapers and was also a friend of Mikhail Bakunin. He was an enormously popular figure in his time. According to Brian Doherty, writer for Reason magazine, "Malatesta could get t ...more
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