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Contents of No. 38

April 1964

Nottingham United Philip Callow 97
Robin Hood Rides Again: A Rebel Scene Ray Gosling 99
Nottingham at Fourteen   109
Riotous Times in Nottingham   110
Man and Motor in Nottingham Paul Ritter 112
Pages from a Nottingham Notebook Harold Drasdo 118
Poor People Alan Sillitoe 124

Acknowledgements: We are grateful to Mike Dixon, Neville Drasdo and John Yates for help with the cover and titles. Our acknowledgements are due to the editor of The Queen magazine where Alan Sillitoe’s article first appeared. Ray Gosling offers acknowledgements to the editors of Tribune, New Society, and Nottingham University Gong, “some of whom may recognise the odd phrase or two, sentence, that has been conned from pieces that appeared with them.”

This issue of ANARCHY is all about one English provincial city, written by people who live there or who were born there. In one way it can be read as an extended footnote to Paul Goodman’s manifesto quoted in our last issue: “The society I live in is mine; open to my voice and action, or I do not live there at all.” Though our contributors are unlikely to vote for either group on the city Council, it is evident that they are convinced that the city is theirs and that it is up to them to make it more like a town that would satisfy their needs and aspirations, their idea of a good life. This is the difference between the approach advocated in this journal and that of the politicians. Anarchism is decentralist, based on the person and his individual fulfilment; the politicians, from left to right, are centralisers, seeking the support of masses, seeking to manipulate masses, to control masses. They want to govern others, we want people to liberate themselves. If we ever are to achieve a society run from the bottom up instead of from the top down, it must begin with local control, personal and social autonomy. “This is the beginning of a provincial renaissance” declared an enthusiastic young Nottingham citizen, when the TV cameras visited the new Playhouse. Would that he were right! Anyway, ANARCHY’S portrait of Nottingham is our contribution towards such a rebirth.

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Vol 3 1953: Colonialism on Trial
Vol 4 1954: Living on a Volcano
Vol 5 1955: The Immoral Moralists
Vol 6 1956: Oil and Troubled Waters
Vol 7 1957: Year One—Sputnik Era
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Other issues of ANARCHY

VOLUME 1, 1961: 1. Sex-and-Violence, Galbraith*; 2. Workers’ control; 3. What does anarchism mean today?; 4. Deinstitutionalisation; 5. Spain 1936*; 6. Cinema†; 7. Adventure playgrounds*; 8. Anthropology; 9. Prison; 10. MacInnes, Industrial decentralisation.

VOLUME 2, 1962: 11. Paul Goodman, A. S. Neill; 12. Who are the anarchists?; 13. Direct action*; 14. Disobedience; 15. The work of David Wills; 16. Ethics of anarchism, Africa; 17. Towards a lumpenproletariat; 18. Comprehensive schools; 19. Theatre: anger and anarchy; 20. Non-violence, Freud; 21. Secondary modern; 22. Cranston’s dialogue on anarchy.

VOLUME 3, 1963: 23. Housing, squatters, do-it-yourself; 24. Community of Scholars; 25. Technology, cybernetics; 26. CND, Salesmanship, Thoreau; 27. Youth; 28. The future of anarchism; 29. The Spies for Peace Story; 30. The community workshop; 31. Self-organising systems, Beatniks, the State; 32. Crime; 33. Alex Comfort’s anarchism; 34. Science fiction, Workless teens.

VOLUME 4, 1964: 35. House and home; 36. Arms of the law; 37. Why I won’t vote; 38. Nottingham; 39. The legacy of Homer Lane; 40. The unions; 41. The land.

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