Anarchy 21

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Contents of No. 21

November 1962

Secondary Modern John Ellerby 321
Jug and clay, or flower? Anthony Weaver 325
6F. Geog. Anthony Blond 329
Pops in the classroom Judith Tudor Hart 332
Tomorrow’s Audience John Duncan 335
A charter for the unfree child Martin Daniel 337
The Sillitoe thesis David Downes 346
Reflections on authority Jeremy Westall 350
Reflections on freedom John C. A. Davey 351
Cover by Michael Foreman, Titles by Rufus Segar

Picture story on pp. 342-343 by Chris & Ernie

Tony Gibson


This challenging pamphlet, by a research psychologist with many years of teaching experience behind him, is sub-titled ‘a consideration of the factors influencing the development of a free and socially effective youth’. It begins with some reflections on the significance of education, and the second chapter, on ‘The Revolt in the School’ describes the work of three progressive schools, the Burgess Hill School of ten years ago, Neill’s Summerhill, and St. George-in-the-East Secondary School in the period of Alex Bloom’s headship. The third chapter discusses the nature of the young child, the fourth is on ‘The Child Rebel’ and the brilliant final chapter is on the Adolescent. The author concludes that

‘Young people sense that there is a conspiracy of age against youth, and they are right. Too much is preached about the responsibilities which adolescents must learn to accept, responsibilities which involve going like cattle into the military corral, sweating as underpaid apprentices, grinding at studies to make themselves more efficient units of production, denying their lusty sexuality when it is at its height, dutifully fulfilling the vicarious ambitions of their parents. We are not going to preach social revolution as another duty which the young generation have got to shoulder. Our message to the young is entirely one of encouragement, of realizing the value of their own aspirations, of spurning the burdens that authority would place upon them and the shoddy rewards cynically offered in return for the sacrifice of their own natures. Emotionally frustrated boys and girls turn to idealism all too easily, but it is idealism of an impractical and sentimental kind. A youth who burns to sacrifice himself to a revolutionary cause may be as mentally sick as the one who burns to lay down his life for his king. It is no great task to capture the frustrated emotionalism of adolescence with bands and banners and songs but such mysticism is useless for truly revolutionary ends. Youth, disturbed in its natural harmony, is too willing to sacrifice, to give, we must show it how to take.’

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Other issues of ANARCHY

  1. Sex-and-Violence; Galbraith; the New Wave, Education.
  2. Workers’ Control
  3. What does anarchism mean today?; Africa; the Long Revolution.
  4. De-institutionalisation; Conflicting strains in anarchism.
  5. 1936: the Spanish Revolution.
  6. Anarchy and the Cinema.
  7. Adventure Playgrounds.
  8. Anarchists and Fabians; Action Anthropology; Eroding Capitalism.
  9. Prison.
  10. Sillitoe’s Key to the Door; MacInnes on Crime; Augustus John’s Utopia; Committee of 100.
  11. Paul Goodman; Neill on Education; the Character-Builders.
  12. Who are the anarchists?
  13. Direct Action.
  14. Disobedience.
  15. The work of David Wills.
  16. Ethics of anarchism; Africa; Anthropology; Poetry of Dissent.
  17. Towards a lumpenproletariat: Education vs. the working class; Freedom of access; Benevolent bureaucracy; CD and CND.
  18. Comprehensive Schools.
  19. Theatre: anger and anarchy.
  20. Non-violence as a reading of history; Freud, anarchism and experiments in living.


In the article ‘Non-violence’ in ANARCHY 20, the first word in the last paragraph on p.289 should be ‘expedience’ not ‘experience’.

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