Anarchy 41

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Contents of No. 41

July 1964

Approaches to the land Tom Jones 193
Anarchism and Agriculture Alan Albon 197
Why I work on the land Tim Meadows 203
Fields, factories and workshops tomorrow John Ellerby 206
Direct action and the urban environment Robert Swann 213
Cover by Rufus Segar  

Tony Gibson

Food production is the most basic work that mankind engages in. But peasants and farmers wield little political influence and their work is carried out within an economic framework which limits their freedom of activity at every turn. They do not even have it in their power to decide when or if food production shall be increased. Many may wish to alleviate the world food shortage, but their immediate practical concern is how to earn enough from the land to keep themselves and their families and be able to plan a season or so ahead.

It is because of this pressing economic problem that governments always act by mere economic incentives. For example, when during the war, it was necessary to increase home production of food in Britain, the government decided that more land should be ploughed up, and to make this proportion feasible to farmers they offered a ploughing-up subsidy of £2 per acre turned over from grazing to arable farming. The farmer’s only decision in the matter was an economic one.

It is plain that to try and solve so huge a problem as world hunger without the active predominance of the world’s farmers and peasants is simply ridiculous. Yet that is what is attempted today when governments, industrialists and theoretical agronomists make these decisions.

Tony Gibson shows how essential the work of the individual cultivator is; how existing farming has developed through his initiative and foresight and hard work, and how these are the qualities which must be drawn upon if an effective increase in world food production is to be secured. His pamphlet lights the way through the morass of compulsion and sterile controversy that confuses the ordinary townsman when he tries to approach this most pressing problem.

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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. Homer Lane; 40. Unions and workers’ control; 41. The land; 42. Indian anarchism; 43. Parents and teachers; 44. Transport.

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