Chapter 12: Private Property Anarchism: An American Variant
* Laurence Moss Perhaps the most novel ingredient of the student protest movement both in this country and in Europe was the large number of ‘New Left’ radicals who adopted a more critical stance toward Marx and Lenin and embraced in their stead various anarchist heroes such as Proudhon, Kropotkin, and Bakunin. During the Paris uprisings of May 1968, C.L. Sulzberger of the New York Times reported that throughout Europe ‘the real banner of unrest . . . is the black flag of anarchy and not the red flag of communism.’1 That same year the noted authority on linguistics and unabashed critic of United States policies, Noam Chomsky, described the revival of anarchist theory and practice, among members of the New Left, as the ‘most promising development of the past years’ and expressed hope that this development would help choke off the impending ‘American and world catastrophe.’2 The rebirth of interest in anarchist thought furnished a steady market for soft-cover publishers who eagerly provided a long list of reprints of great nineteenth-century anarchist tracts. Whoever thought that Kropotkin’s Revolutionary Pamphlets or Bakunin’s God and the State would become something of campus best sellers;3 yet in 1971 one prominent New York college was offering no less than three courses on anarchism and each was fairly well attended. Perhaps the most outstanding evidence of the new wave of interest in anarchist theory was the decision of the Southern Economic Association to devote an entire session to ‘anarchism’ at their November, 1972 meeting. I believe that...
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