By Carissa Honeywell
A British Anarchist Tradition makes a speciality of 3 modern British theorists and practitioners, Herbert learn, Colin Ward, and Alex convenience and appears at their interrelation, commonality, and collective impact on British radical thought.
The ebook goals to foster a better realizing of anarchism as an highbrow reaction to twentieth century advancements and its impression on political concept and routine. For the 1st time, the paintings of those 3 writers is gifted as a convention, highlighting the consistency in their subject matters and issues. to take action, the booklet indicates how they addressed the issues confronted by means of sleek British society, with transparent traces of political, literary, and highbrow traditions linking them. It additionally makes a speciality of their contribution to the improvement of anarchist conceptions of freedom within the 20th century.
A British Anarchist Tradition identifies a space of anarchism that merits better severe, scholarly realization. Its exact and thorough examine will make it a worthwhile source for someone attracted to modern anarchist suggestion, political idea, and political movements.
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Bergson was one of the key intellectual reference points for the early cubists. The reality that 42 A BRITISH ANARCHIST TRADITION cubists were attempting to depict was matter in its various states of flux and novelty, suffused with transformative energy as Bergson had described it. According to Bergson, visual artists perceived the world immediately, intuitively and sympathetically rather than rationally and systematically. Bergson considered this emotional, as opposed to intellectual, understanding to be as important as rational and scientific thinking for understanding reality.
Thus, he looked to aesthetic and psychological sources for the renewal and re-individualization of culture. 45 In this respect he anticipated the ‘new’ anarchism of figures like Alex Comfort, and, later, Colin Ward, which relied on ‘evidence’ to support anarchist conclusions drawn from disciplines such as sociology, psychology and biology. The experience of the two World Wars had encouraged the convergence between anarchism and pacifism developed by Herbert Read. The proliferation of nuclear weapons, and particularly the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 consolidated ‘anarcho-pacifism’ as a distinct and specific doctrine.
This was the intellectual and social institution founded by Alfred Orage and Holbrook Jackson in 1903 which continued until 1923, drawing a largely working class and lower middle-class audience and debating art, politics, society and philosophy. Read’s intellectual roots in early twentieth-century British progressive thought and the impact of the First World War on his intellectual development led to his questioning of British political institutions and mainstream socialism and conditioned his turn to anarchism and aesthetics.