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ANARCHISM
ARGUMENTS FOR & AGAINST

Albert Meltzer
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AK

PRESS

© Copyright: 1996 Albert Meltzer

Anarchism: Arguments For and Against.
ISBN 1-87317619 8
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1st published, Cienfuegos, Sanday, Orkneys 1981
2nd, Cie!lfuegos, Minneapolis (U.S.)
3rd, Belfast Anarchists
4th, ASP, Doncaster .r
5th revised edition, 1993
6th second revised edition, 1996 by:
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Proofread by Aimee Larsen

Table of Contents

ALBERT MELTZER

1

Stuart Christie
ANARCHISM: ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST

4

Introduction

4

/The Historical Background to Anarchism

4

Inalienable Tenets of Anarchism

12
12

That Mankind is Born Free

If Mankind is Born Free, Slavery is Murder _12
As Slavery is Murder, so Property is Theft

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If Property is Theft, Government is Tyranny

_

13
13

If Government is Tyranny, Anarchy is Liberty _13
The Class Struggle
Organisation and Anarchism

14
�-17

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The Role of an Anarchist in an
Authoritarian Society

19

Workers Control

20

The Anarchist as Rebel

21

Nonviolence

24

Immediate Aims of the Anarchist

25

Workers' Self-Defence

28

How Will a Revolution Come About?

29

Bringing About the New Society

31

W hat Constitutes an Authoritarian Society?_ 31
Can One Do Without the State?

33

The Money Myth

35

The Myth of Taxation

37

The Effect of ImJ?1igration
The Abolition of'lhe Wage and

38

Monetary Systems

38

Community Control

41

Need There be a Transitional Society?

42

A Free Society

43

The Employers Do Not Give Work

44

Objections to Anarchism

45

Leadership

47

Is Anarchism Compatible with Capitalism? _ 40

Can Public Opinion Itself be Authoritarian?_ 49
Unity

49

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The Marxist Criticism of Anarchism

51

Petty Bourgeois

53

Vanguards

55

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The Social-Democratic Critique of Anarchism

57

The Liberal-Democratic Objection to Anarchism

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The Fascist Objection to Anarchism
The Average Person's Objection to Anarchism

61
64

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68

The Reduction of Anarchism to
Marginalisation ______ 70

ALBERT MELTZER

BORN: LONDON, JANUARY 7, 1920.
DIED: MAY 7, 1996, 8:05 A.M.

Albert Meltzer was one of the most enduring and
respected torchbearers of the international anarchist move­ ment in the second half of the twentieth century. His sixty­ year commitment to the vision and practice of anarchism
survived both the collapse of the Revolution and Civil War
in Spain and the Second World War; he helped fuel the
libertarian impetus of the 1960s and 1970s and steer it
through the reactionary challenges of the Thatcherite 1980s
and post-Cold War 1990s.
Fortunately, before he died, Albert managed to fin­
ish his autobiography, I Couldn't Paint Golden Angles, a
pungent, no-punches pulled Schvejkian account of a radi­
cal twentieth century enemy of humbug and injustice. A
lifelong trade union activist, he fought Mosley's Blackshirts in the battle of Cable Street; played an active role in sup­ porting the anarchist communes and militias in the Span­
ish Revolution and the prewar German anti-Nazi resis­
tance, was a key player in the Cairo Mutiny in the Second
World War, helped rebuild the postwar anti-Franco resis­
tance in Spain and the international anarchist movement .
His achievements include Cuddon's Cosmopolitan Review, a
occasional satirical magazine first published in 1965, and
named after Ambrose Cuddon, possibly the first con­
sciously anarchist publisher in the...
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