By David Goodway

From William Morris to George Orwell, left-libertarian suggestion has lengthy been a big yet overlooked a part of British history. In Anarchist Seeds underneath the Snow, David Goodway seeks to recuperate and revitalize that indigenous anarchist tradition. The booklet succeeds as either a cultural background of left-libertarianism in Britain and an illustration of the applicability of that historical past to present politics. Goodway argues recovered anarchist culture could—and should—be a touchstone for modern political radicals. relocating seamlessly from Aldous Huxley and John Cowper Powys to the conflict in Iraq, this demanding quantity will energize leftist routine all through Britain and the remainder of the realm.

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25 Morris knew about anarchism, for anarchists became preponderant in the Socialist League in the late 1880s and such was his disagreement with them that he withdrew in 1890. Thereafter his political activity was restricted to a local body, the Hammersmith Socialist Society (formerly the Hammersmith branch of the Socialist League), which met in the coach-house attached to his home at Kelmscott House. He frequently, consistently and vehemently denied that he was an anarchist. ’ He also stated, with some bitterness: ‘Such finish to what of education in practical Socialism that I am capable of I received…from some of my Anarchist friends, from whom I learned, quite against their intention, that Anarchism was impossible…’26 Morris gave two sets of reasons for his rejection of anarchism: its violence and its individualism.

2, and Letter 10, p. 2; John Ruskin, Præterita: Outlines of Scenes and Thoughts Perhaps Worthy of Memory in My Past Life (1885–9; London: Rupert HartDavis, 1949 edn), p. 5; Tim Hilton, John Ruskin: The Later Years (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2000), pp. 145, 213. 16 Also Morris played the leading role in forming the first conservation organization, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, stimulated by the need to defend mediaeval cathedrals and churches from over-enthusiastic restoration by neo-Gothic architects.

Pp. 10, 21. Colin Ward, ‘The State and Society’, Anarchy, no. 14 (April 1964), pp. 115–17, gives an anarchist view of Cole. 55 Herbert Read, The Contrary Experience: Autobiographies (London: Faber & Faber, 1963), pp. 72–3, 83–4, 111–12, 203, 210–11. 56 Bertrand Russell, Principles of Social Reconstruction (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1916), p. 44. , pp. 9–10. Read’s recommendation of the book to his future wife is in Read, Contrary Experience, p. 94. indd 30 6/9/06 15:57:32 Anarchism and libertarian socialism in Britain 31 Roads to Freedom, routes identified in the sub-title as ‘socialism, anarchism and syndicalism’, he was firm in holding back from anarchism, since ‘pure Anarchism, though it should be the ultimate ideal, to which society should continually approximate, is for the present impossible, and would not survive more than a year or two at most if it were adopted’.

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