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Anarchy by Malatesta


Many think ‘anarchy’ means confusion, disorder, and chaos, but Malatesta sets the record straight.

Errico Malatesta was a warm-hearted anarchist of widespread reputation and influence, who said that he considered Anarchy the best thing he had ever written. L’Anarchia, written in 1891, appeared in English translation in Freedom (September 1891—June 1892) and was reprinted as a pamphlet by Freedom Press in 1892. This now classic work has been in continual demand ever since.

This is the theory; but to be sound the theory should be based upon an explanation of facts. We know well how in social economy theories are too often invented to justify facts, that is, to defend privilege and cause it to be accepted tranquilly by those who are its victims. Let us here look at the facts themselves.

Translated from the original Italian and with an introduction by Vernon Richards.

Also available on The Anarchist Library

Errico Malatesta (4 December 1853 – 22 July 1932) was an Italian anarchist propagandist and revolutionary socialist. He edited several radical newspapers and spent much of his life exiled and imprisoned, having been jailed and expelled from Italy, Britain, France, and Switzerland. Originally a supporter of insurrectionary propaganda by deed, Malatesta later advocated for syndicalism. His exiles included five years in Europe and 12 years in Argentina. Malatesta participated in actions including an 1895 Spanish revolt and a Belgian general strike. He toured the United States, giving lectures and founding the influential anarchist journal La Questione Sociale. After World War I, he returned to Italy where his Umanità Nova had some popularity before its closure under the rise of Mussolini. (via Wikipedia)

Publisher: Freedom Press
First Published: 1891 (as a Freedom title, in 1974)
This Edition: 2009
Format: Book
Binding: Paperback
Interior: Black & White
Pages: 60
ISBN: 9780900384745

Anarchy by Errico Malatesta