A British Anarchist Tradition: Herbert Read, Alex Comfort, by Carissa Honeywell

By Carissa Honeywell

A British Anarchist Tradition specializes in 3 modern British theorists and practitioners, Herbert learn, Colin Ward, and Alex convenience and appears at their interrelation, commonality, and collective impression on British radical thought.

The ebook goals to foster a better figuring out of anarchism as an highbrow reaction to twentieth century advancements and its influence on political concept and activities. For the 1st time, the paintings of those 3 writers is gifted as a practice, highlighting the consistency in their issues and issues. to take action, the publication indicates how they addressed the issues confronted by way of glossy British society, with transparent traces of political, literary, and highbrow traditions linking them. It additionally makes a speciality of their contribution to the advance of anarchist conceptions of freedom within the 20th century.

A British Anarchist Tradition identifies a space of anarchism that merits better severe, scholarly awareness. Its specific and thorough study will make it a useful source for someone drawn to modern anarchist inspiration, political idea, and political movements.

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It will show that Ward’s challenge to British post-war social policy and the influence of his ideas on new social movements framed anarchism as a viable alternative approach to political relationships in the twentieth century. Ward’s work deploys and develops the relationship between anarchism, utopian and planning traditions. This chapter on Ward will illustrate his engagement with the impact of the modern state and capitalism on human freedom in the contemporary context and highlight his links with British radical currents of thought.

182. 44. Goodway Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow, p. 207. 45. Freedom, 17 May 1947, quoted in Goodway Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow, p. 188. 46. Colin Ward, ‘The Future of the Committee of 100: An Anarchist View’, Peace News, 26 January 1962, quotes in Goodway Anarchist Seeds beneath the Snow, p. 260. 47. Goodway Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow, pp. 261–2. 48. Richard Taylor, Against the Bomb: The British Movement 1958–1965 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988), p. 247. 1 As a statement of challenge this artwork assumes an awareness of the significance of Read’s contribution to art criticism.

His 1928 work Staffordshire Pottery Figures emphasized the higher aesthetic worth of the home-produced figures made according to the spontaneity and direct impulses of the labouring craftsman, as measured against the mass-produced porcelain figures of the nineteenth century. The active visual sense awakened in Read by this experience with plastic arts was to form a significant role in his thinking. Aided by his interpretation of Henri Bergson’s thesis, Read developed a view of evolution as inspired by a creative urge that led to deepening consciousness.

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