Pardon our dust (again)

October 18, 2017 0
An interesting side effect of the last reorganization of the Libertarian Labyrinth archive was an accelerated convergence of various research and publishing projects, as I got a chance to revisit older material. And that has allowed me to move more rapidly toward the sort of shared archive that I had initially thought of as still a couple of years distant in the grand scheme of things. At the same time, my sense is that my accustomed method of doing research in public, with some hope that others will follow along through the various steps, is no longer as viable an […]

Extrications: History, Tradition, Theory

August 7, 2017 0
This post is part of a series, under the general title Explications, exploring some of the dynamics of the anarchist milieu. A full listing of posts and related notes can be found at the series index page. [dropcap]The[/dropcap] initial task in these Extrications is analytic: we want to pull things apart a bit, enough to see if we can’t isolate some terms and make some useful distinction. I want to set aside this notion of the anarchist milieu as our intentionally vague term for the thing that we are examining and pulling apart. Let’s just say for now that the […]

Mutual Exchange on “Anarchy and Democracy”

July 2, 2017 0
I’ve been participating in the C4SS “Mutual Exchange” on the topic of “Anarchy and Democracy,” along with a star-studded assembly of anarchists and libertarians from various tendencies. While this is technically the June exchange, it has actually been in progress since early April, with the most recent contribution appearing just a few days ago. As a result, some parts of the debate have had a long time to develop, while others have not, and the order of the contributions and the order of their publication are considerably different in some cases. In the interest of clarifying a few things that […]

Emile Armand, “Without amoralization, no anarchization” (1926)

March 27, 2017 0
I came across this article by Emile Armand in L’Insurgé while working on something entirely unrelated, but it was interesting enough that I went ahead and translated it. If there is nothing here that would convince anyone not already sympathetic, it is a clear statement of Armand’s position, with a few nice examples of his literary eccentricities. Without amoralization, no anarchization The Larousse dictionary defines the word morality as: the relation of an act, of the sentiments of a person, with the rule of morals. From this comes the expression “certificate of morality,” to designate an official confirmation of a […]

Ricardo Mella, “The Bankruptcy of Beliefs” and “The Rising Anarchism” (1902-03)

January 18, 2017 0
[It’s been quiet here for quite a while, while I have been concentrating on writing and research in some new areas. A lot of my attention has been focused on the question of “anarchist synthesis” and my exploration of the debate surrounding it has finally forced me to dive deep into the Spanish-language anarchist periodicals of the early 20th century. Sources like La Revista Blanca and the “Suplementos” of the Argentinian paper La Protesta are remarkably rich in material from a variety of tendencies and nations, and the research has uncovered a number of very interesting discussion on the question […]

Welcome to the Labyrinth

Explore the twists and turns of anarchist history…

October 20, 2017 0
WELCOME TO THE LIBERTARIAN LABYRINTH: AN ARCHIVE OF ANARCHISTIC HISTORIES AND POSSIBILITIES; WRITINGS BY ANARCHISTS, SOCIALISTS, FEMINISTS AND DREAMERS! The LIBERTARIAN LABYRINTH is a collection of digital archives and blogs dedicated to radical history, with an emphasis on the history of the anarchist movement.


Nelly Roussel, “By Rebellion!” (1904)

January 2, 2015 0
To all women, my sisters. To the Eternal Creatress, aching and unknown. By Rebellion! A SYMBOLIC SCENE  By NELLY ROUSSEL (Mme. Godet)    SCENE I. EVE, sorrowfully. Oh! My bruised wrists hurt me!… For so long they have borne chains!… My poor eyes, drowning in tears, will go blind!… For so many centuries they have cried!…           Gazing at her chains and lifting them painfully.  Ah! Alas! Alas! In my slavery and my abandonment, where will I find a drop of water to quench my thirst, manna to comfort my hunger, rest to relieve my exhausted flesh, and consoling words […]