Anarchy 85

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Contents of No. 85

March 1968

Conversations about anarchism Richard Boston 65
Meliorism: a contribution to a libertarian symposium George Molnar 76
Meliorism—a reply Ross Poole 83
Utopian means they don’t want to do it! Paul Goodman 87
Josiah Warren: the incompleat anarchist Harold Barclay 90
Cover by Rufus Segar  

Tenants take over

anarchy 83, which put the case for a tenant take-over of muni­cipal housing estates, got quite a good recep­tion. New Society con­ceded that “the idea has its merits”, the Archi­tect’s Journal found it “very sen­sible and down-to-earth”, and one reader thought it had “an abso­lute genius for mar­shal­ling rele­vant themes and infor­ma­tion in an easily-diges­tible form”. Another found that it had “all the basic facts and argu­ments for a well-in­formed propa­ganda cam­paign” (which was the inten­tion) and yet another de­clared “I can’t help feeling someone ought to sponsor the sending of a copy to every local coun­cil­lor in the country”. We agree, but more impor­tant is that it should be in the hands of every tenants’ asso­cia­tion in the country. This is a time when council tenants are being driven into atti­tudes of mili­tancy over steep rent increa­ses (thou­sands of tenants in Walsall and Shef­field have refused to pay them) and more and more local asso­cia­tions are being formed. Wally Gill, general secretary of the Natio­nal Asso­cia­tion of Tenants and Resi­dents declares that “Tenants have a common interest which must make them range their com­bined strength against the Govern­ment, against the national and inter­natio­nal finance and pro­perty-owning inter­ests which are served by the Govern­ment. Not only this parti­cular Govern­ment, but govern­ment as we have known it through­out living memory.” We believe that when it comes to long-term aims, Tenants Take Over should be on the agenda of every tenants’ asso­cia­tion in the country. anarchy 83 is available at 2s. a copy (dis­count for quan­ti­ties) from Freedom Press, 17a Maxwell Road, London, S.W.6.

Other issues of “Anarchy”:

Please note: Issues 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 20, 37, 38, 66 are out of print.

Vol. 1. 1961: 1. Sex-and-Vio­lence; 2. Workers’ control; 3. What does anar­chism mean today?; 4. Deinsti­tu­tioni­sation; 5. Spain; 6. Cinema; 7. Adven­ture play­ground; 8. Anthro­pology; 9. Prison; 10. Indus­trial decen­trali­sation.

Vol. 2. 1962: 11. Paul Goodman, A. S. Neill; 12. Who are the anar­chists?; 13. Direct action; 14. Dis­obedi­ence; 15. David Wills; 16. Ethics of anar­chism; 17. Lumpen­prole­tariat; 18. Compre­hen­sive schools; 19. Theatre; 20. Non-vio­lence; 21. Secon­dary modern; 22. Marx and Bakunin.

Vol. 3. 1963: 23. Squatters; 24. Commu­nity of scholars; 25. Cyber­netics; 26. Thoreau; 27. Youth; 28. Future of anar­chism; 29. Spies for peace; 30. Commu­nity work­shop; 31. Self-organi­sing systems; 32. Crime; 33. Alex Comfort; 34. Science fiction.

Vol. 4. 1964: 35. Housing; 36. Police; 37. I won’t vote; 38. Not­ting­ham; 39. Homer Lane; 40. Unions; 41. Land; 42. India; 43. Parents and teachers; 44. Trans­port; 45. The Greeks; 46. Anar­chism and his­tori­ans.

Vol. 5. 1965: 47. Freedom in work; 48. Lord of the flies; 49. Auto­ma­tion; 50. Anar­chist outlook; 51. Blues, pop, folk; 52. Limits of paci­fism; 53. After school; 54. Buber, Lan­dauer, Muhsam; 55. Mutual aid; 56. Women; 57. Law; 58. State­less soci­eties.

Vol. 6. 1966: 59. White problem; 60. Drugs; 61. Cre­ative vanda­lism; 62. Organi­sation; 63. Volun­tary servi­tude; 64. Mis­spent youth; 65. Dere­volu­tion­isa­tion; 66. Provo; 67. USA; 68. Class and anar­chism; 69. Ecology; 70. Liber­tarian psy­chia­try.

Vol. 7. 1967: 71. Soci­ology of school; 72. Strike City, USA; 73. Street School; 74. Anar­chism and reality; 75. Impro­vised drama; 76. 1984; 77. Anar­chist group hand­book; 78. Libera­tory technology; 79. Latin America; 80. Workers’ control; 81. Russian anar­chists; 82. Brae­head School.

Vol. 8. 1968: 83. Tenants take over.

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