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The Method of Freedom: An Errico Malatesta Reader

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For sixty years, Errico Malatesta's involvement with international anarchism helped fuel the movement's radical approach to class and labor, and directly impacted the workers' movement in Italy. A talented newspaper journalist, Malatesta's biting critiques were frequently short and to the point—and written directly to and for the workers. Though his few long-form essays, i ...more
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Published May 20th 2014 by AK Press (first published November 12th 2013)
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Micah
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: radicalism
"We have nothing new to say." So begins Malatesta's "Anarchist Programme" of 1899. Although ideas, and especially tactics, are in Malatesta's hands fluid and mobile, adapting to events, the underlying sentiment - of love, solidarity, and voluntary agreement - is a foundation of steel. Hatred, ressentiment, the illusion of absolute truth, intellectual systems, science-worship, determinism and the denial of passion and will: these lead down authoritarian paths.

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Javier
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lovely text full of 78 pieces written by Malatesta over the course of his life. Very relevant and thoughtful analysis, both theoretically and practically! A pleasure to encounter such a loving, deep mind.
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Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
AK Press has been doing scholars a service these past few years by putting out some pretty stellar anthologies of some of anarchism's greatest writers. First it was Proudhon and the Property is Theft! anthology. Then, there was Kropotkin's Direct Struggle Against Capital. Both edited by Iain McKaye and both informative and thorough. But this anthology on Errico Malatesta takes the cake.

I don't know if it's my experience reading about anarchism, its ideas and history (notice I'm not saying "unde
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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