Freedom News

Diving into our early syndicalist histories

April 20th: It is a standard cliché of Marxist attacks on anarchism to contrast “individualistic” anarchism with “collectivist” syndicalism.

A tribute to David Nicoll (1859-1919)

March 30th: In March 2019 it’s a hundred years since the death of David Nicoll, anarchist speaker, writer, editor, poet and activist.

Images and Mirages of the Paris Commune and the Pétroleuses

March 21st: Today, Paris and other French urban zones see the demonstrations of the gilets jaunes, organised in part through new media.

A-Infos: The original anarchist newswire

January 9th: At around the same time as Schnews was setting up its soon to be famous freesheet in 1994, before the advent of modern social media, a group of anarchist organisations across the world (including Freedom Press), took steps towards creating an anarchist newswire — a-infos.

Removal of guilt

October 2nd: Anthony Weaver looks over L G Lennhoff’s book Exceptional Children. Weaver lectured in education at Whitelands, one of the teacher training colleges under London University.

Culture and Community

September 2nd: Nicholas Walter writes on Raymond Williams and his key literary contribution to the New Left.

Moving with the times … but not in step

August 2nd: Colin Ward critiques an interview from New Left Review of Alan Lovell, a regular Peace News writer in the 1960s and a member of the Committee of 100, by Stuart Hall and Paddy Whannel, looking at how anarchism was perceived within the group.

Aspects of syndicalism in Spain, Sweden and USA

July 2nd: Considering the relative weakness of anarcho-syndicalism in Britain historially, Philip Holgate compares three countries where the revolutionary union idea took off and made a major social impact in Spain, Sweden and the US. Holgate, born at Chesterfield, 1934, studied mathematics at Exeter and spent five years teaching in a progressive school.

Workers’ control in the building industry after World War One

June 2nd: James Lynch considers the brief period in 1918-1921 when British construction workers successfully took parts of the industry into the worker-controlled National Building Guild.

May 1936: The Congress of Zaragoza

April 29th: In this archive article from Anarchy Number 5, Philip Holgate looks at the Congres of Zaragoza, which took place in May 1936.