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First things first…

Review taken from Freedom, February 2012 Joe Maguire on a welcome new overview of our age-old aspirations Introductions to anarchism are always going to be hard work. Anarchism is a pretty hetero­geneous entity, with a lot of scope for emphasis on organisational forms, strategies and tactics. That’s why calls for recommending a beginners’ text are […]

The War on Terra

MUSIC REVIEW by Tom Jennings (taken from Freedom, March 2012) The War on Terra Verbal Terrorists This superb hip-hop set from Newcastle’s finest trumps their accomplished debut Small Axe (reviewed in Freedom, 17th January 2009), which evoked Bob Marley’s David and Goliath metaphor while hinting at humility against the grandiose grains both of rap’s trademark arrogance […]

Remembering London 1912

Rudolph Rocker’s autobiography recalls alternative events fit for commemoration in 2012, writes Iain McKay (from Freedom, July 2012) While much attention will be directed towards London for the expensive Olympic farce, 2012 should be marked for far more important events – the 100th anniversary of the two great strikes by tailors and dock workers. At […]

Peace, Love and Petrol Bombs review

Peace Love and Petrol Bombs ISBN: 978-1849350617 Price: £8.99 D.D. Johnston AK Press “cos everybody hates a tourist” Common People, Pulp This is going to be a review of confessions. Mostly mine. But firstly we need to dispel a myth or two. Myth one: This is a novel about the anti-globalisation movement. It’s not. It […]

In Praise of Wildcat

This is the seventh collection of Wildcat cartoons from Freedom. The first collection was published in 1985 (still available after three reprints), and of course there was a blurb in Freedom (blurb: word coined by Gelett Burgess, meaning laudatory matter on the dust jacket of a book). The anarchist writer Tony Gibson (aka the eminent […]

TV Review: Street Summer

Street Summer season (Channel 4) August 12th–14th A predictably lazy mashup of commercial pop and tabloid pap seasoned with occasional ghostly echoes of grit, Street Summer purported to faithfully depict the centrality of ‘urban’ culture to mainstream society today – its trailer featuring actor Idris Elba mugging the vernacular to hype ‘how hip-hop changed the […]

Classless: Recent Essays on British Film, Carl Neville

Classless: Recent Essays on British Film Carl Neville Zero Books £9.99 Another of Zero’s valuable polemical pamphlets, Classless analyses with considerable panache commercial UK cinema over the past twenty years, proposing its ideological intertwining with neoliberal orthodoxy, media saturation, lowbrow fashion and reality TV in furthering fantasies of social cohesion and the overcoming of adversity. […]

Films: Never Let Me Go and Biutiful

Funny how film fictions aspiring to profound philosophical insight often fall so flat. Tom Jennings compares two very different current incarnations Never Let Me Go’s dull pastels and slow painterly cinematography extrapolate plot and atmospheric essentials from Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 novel, following into young adulthood a tragic love-triangle featuring the cream of twenty-something Brit actors […]

The World That Never Was, Alex Butterworth

The World That Never Was Alex Butterworth (Vintage) £8.99 “When compared with the suppression of anarchy, every other question sinks into insignificance,” said Theodore Roosevelt.  Well, he should know: he obtained his position due to the assassination of his predecessor. Butterworth’s hardback tome, neatly summed up by the subtitle, ‘A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, […]

New books

Freedom Press is the oldest anarchist publishing house in the UK. Established in 1886 by Peter Kropotkin, amongst others, it continues to provide an outlet for anarchist classics as well as up-to-date radical literature. All our publications can be ordered online via the website, or bought directly from our bookshop. These are our latest published […]