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The Method of Freedom: An Errico Malatesta Reader

April 25, 2014
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The Method of Freedom: An Errico Malatesta Reader, edited by alumnus David Turcato, is now available from AK Press. Turcato, a computational linguist, received his PhD in History from SFU in 2009. Read a summary of The Method of Freedom below and check out the AK Press catalogue for further details.

  • The most distinctive and universal anarchist principle is the principle of coherence between ends and means: human emancipation cannot be achieved by authoritarian means. However, the same principle could also be read in the opposite direction: our ends should not be disconnected from our action; our ideals should not be so lofty as to make no difference to what we do here and now. The anarchist whose deeds and words have best illustrated both sides of that principle — the “idealist” and the “pragmatist” — is Errico Malatesta. Never one to divorce thought from action, or retreat into dogmatism, his life and ideals remain an inspiration the world over. The Method of Freedom is the first collection to capture the full range of Malatesta’s thought over sixty years as an anarchist propagandist.

    Designed as a companion volume to the ten-volume set of Malatesta's Complete Works (forthcoming!),The Method of Freedom collects Malatesta's most enduring long-form essays — including "Anarchy" and "Our Program" — together with previously untranslated articles from the numerous journals he edited over his long newspaper career. In fact, nearly two-thirds of the collected texts have been newly translated into English. Written in Malatesta's clear, accessible style, these essays are sure to excite a new generation of radicals. 

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