Criticism: Anglo-American Anarchism - Essay

Criticism: Anglo-American Anarchism

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “The Birth of Individualist Anarchism,” in The Individualist Anarchists: A Critique of Liberalism, University Press of America, 1987, pp. 1-34.

[In the following excerpt, Kline discusses the American brand of individualist anarchism advocated by Josiah Warren and Stephen Pearl Andrews.]

INTRODUCTION

Almost fifty years ago the last distinct vestiges of an entire radical American tradition disappeared with the death of Benjamin Tucker. Since that time the radical tradition which Tucker represented has been virtually lost in American history books. The reasons for this obscurity are manifold but two seem to predominate. The first...

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