Sunday, 9 April 2017

Contents of Wildfire: Global Anarchist Ideological and Organisational Lineages

Anarchism survived the 1939 defeat in Spain: 2nd Congress of the Spanish Libertarian Movement (MLE), Toulouse, France, 1961. Wildfire, my 16-year study, will be the most comprehensive global history of the anarchist movement over 15 decades. I hope to have the writing done by the end of the year and be ready to hand it over to my editors and indexers. Then it's sourcing pictures, finalising the maps I have drawn, and getting a graphic artist to illustrate key organisational lineages. Having now written the introduction and much of the concluding chapter, it currently stands at 390,000 words - and that's *after* having extracted 42,000 words a year ago to slim it down! :D For those non-writers who ask me "how many pages is that?," well, if formatted like Vol.1, then it is currently 2.5x that book's length, which means 1,018 pages ;) ... and of course the maps, graphics, and pictures will add a few more... My nearest competitor, Peter Marshall's Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism (1993), by comparison, weighs in at a mere 768 pages ;)





 “Anarchism is no beautiful fantasy. No abstract notion of philosophy, but a social movement of the working masses; for that reason alone it must gather its forces into one organisation, constantly agitating, as demanded by the reality and strategy of the social class struggle.” – Nestor Makhno, Ida Mett, Piotr Arshinov and others of the Dielo Truda group, Organizatsionnaia Platforma Vseobshchego Soiuza Anarkhistov: Proekt (Organisational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists: Project), Paris, France, 1926 




About the Author

(Reprising and reassessing key themes; My “Six Waves” historical periodisation; Explaining the structure of this book)

Part 4: The Latin Heartland and its Peripheries

Chapter 12: Anarchist Mass Organisation 1860s-1930s: Latin Europe, Brazil and the Southern Cone of Latin America
(Spain and Portugal: the fiery roses of the CNT-FAI and CGT; Italy: Errico Malatesta, Armando Borghi, the UAI, the factory occupations and the Fascist menace; Argentina: Pedro Gori, John Creaghe, Juana Rouco Buela, Severino di Giovanni and the southern citadel of the FORA, CORA and FACA; Chile: José Domingo Gomes Rojas, Juan Gandulfo, the revolts of the FORCh, IWW, CGT and FACh; Uruguay and Paraguay: the FFREU, FORU, FORPa, FAU and the challenge of welfare reforms; Brazil: Neno Vasca, Domingos Passos, Maria Lacerda de Moura and the FORB/COB and FORGS)

Chapter 13: Anarchist Mass Organisation 1860s-1930s: the Andes, Central America, and the Caribbean
(Bolivia and Peru: the FOL, FORPe and the indigenous question; Colombia and Ecuador: bitter battles at high altitude; Venezuela, French Guyana and Surinam: the UOV and SAF in the margins of Bolivarismo and colonialism; Mexico: the PLM, COM-Lucha, CGT and FAC, the Flores Magón brothers, Antonio Gomes y Soto and the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1922; Nicaragua and Central America: Augusto Sandino, the CAS, FOH and the “banana republics”; Puerto Rico: the FLT, Louisa Capetilla and the question of who gets to wear the pants; Cuba: Enrique Roig San Martin, the FTC, FGAC, and the CNOC against imperialism, bigotry and the dictatorial elite)

Part 5: The Western Imperial Centre and its Peripheries 

Chapter 14: Anarchist Mass Organisation 1860s-1930s: Western and Northern Europe and North America
(France and Belgium: the CGT, CSB, FCRA/UA, GCL, Jean Grave, Fernand Pelloutier, Ernest Tanrez and the syndicalist laboratory; Germany and Switzerland: the Jura Federation, AKP, AFD, LAB, Gustav Landauer, Fritz Kater, André Boesinger and the anti-militarist, anti-Nazi struggles of the FVDG/FAUD, MTWIU and the AAUE; the Netherlands: the LVC/LFVC, NSV, “Domela” Nieuwenhuis, Christiaan Cornelissen, Harm Kolthek and the forgotten syndicalist template of the NAS; Sweden and Scandinavia: the SAC, NSF, DFS, Martin Tranmǽl and stable syndicalism; Britain and Ireland: the IWB, ITGWU, James Connolly, Tom Mann and the refuge of Freedom; the United States and Canada: the IWPA/CLU, IWW, FACNAC, Daniel de Leon, “Big Bill” Haywood, industrial unionism and desegregation)

Chapter 15: Anarchist Mass Organisation 1860s-1930s: Central and Eastern Europe
(Pre-revolutionary Russia, the Ukraine and the Georgian Revolution of 1904-1906; the NWU, Cherny Peredyel, Afanasy Matiushenko and Varlaam Cherkezov among the narodniks and terrorists; Bulgaria and Romania: the LCB, FAKB, BONSF, FAY, Mikhail Guerdzhikov, Gueorgui Cheitanov, and platformism armed; Greece: the Democratic Popular League of Patras, “Kostas” Speras, the SEMS and the lessons of direct democracy; Poland and the Baltics: the ZZZ, FAGPL and the shadow of Russia; Czechoslovakia: the FÈAK, ZJH-O, Bohuslav Vrbenský and the seductions of nationalism; Hungary and Austria: the URW, URS, Sandor Czismadia, Ervin Szabó and Leo Rothziegel in the heart of the empire; Yugoslavia and the Balkans: Miloš Krpan, Krsto Cicvarić, Paul Zorkine and the direktaši workers’ faction)

Part 6: The Colonial and Postcolonial World

Chapter 16: Anarchist Mass Organisation 1860s-1930s: East Asia, South-East Asia, and Oceania
(Japan and Taiwan: Ōsugi Sakae, Kanno Sugako, Hatta Shūzō the Zenkoku Jiren and the struggle against gender oppression and Japanese imperialism; China: Liu Shifu, the Wuzhenfu Gongchan and multinational resistance; Korea and Manchuria: Shin Chae-ho, the KAF, KACF, KPAM and the Manchurian Revolution of 1929-1931; Vietnam: Phan Boi Chau, the Phuc Viet and the question of class consciousness; the Philippines, Malaysia and their environs: Isabelo de los Reyes, the UOD and the universal appeal of anarcho-syndicalism)

Chapter 17: Anarchist Mass Organisation 1860s-1930s: the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, and the Antipodes
(Anatolia and the Middle East: Alexandre Atabekian, Daud Muja‘is and radicalism in the empire; Palestine: Joseph Trumpeldor and left-Zionism; Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Senegal: Saïl Mohamed, the CGTU and CGT-SR; India and South Asia: Lala Har Dayal, the Ghadar Party and violent anti-imperialism; South Africa, Mozambique and Southern Africa: Andrew Dunbar, “Bill” Thibedi, Johnny Gomas, the IWAf, the ICU and the critique of White Labourism and craft unionism; Australia and New Zealand: Tom Glynn, the Red Feds, Wobblies, Maoris and labour solidarity)

Part 7: October 1917 and its Aftermath

Chapter 18: The Global Revolt of 1916-1923, and the Russian and Ukrainian Revolutions

(From the “Second International” to social democracy; anarchism and the ten years that shook the world; the Russian anarchists and the February Revolution of 1917; the PACF, Iosif Bleikhman and the July Days; anarchists in the October Revolution of 1917; anarchists and the Bolshevik state; civil war, Bolshevik power and the Kronstadt Uprising; anarchists and the origins of the “Stalinist” regime; Nestor Makhno and anarchist revolution in the Ukraine; a Siberian Makhnovschina?; red pogrom in the Ukraine and Siberia; the historical role and class character of the Bolshevik regime)

Chapter 19: A Blazing Star at Midnight: Anarchist Resistance to Red and Brown Corporate States
(Anarchism and the rise of Bolshevism; the Comintern, Profintern and the IWA; Bolshevism and the fate of the Left; repression, fascism and anarchist decline; between “brown” and “red”; the conditions for survival, and the Spanish phoenix; anarchism and fascism in Spain; fascism or revolution; revolution in agriculture and industry; revolution and war on fascism; crisis in the anarchist ranks; counter-revolution and the anarchist split; “crushing fascism once and for all”; water and oil: anarchists and government; anarchism, anti-fascism and partisans; anarchist partisans and the Red Army)

Part 8: Survival and Revival

Chapter 20: The Cold War: Syndicalist Unions and Imperialism, 1940s-1970s
(Syndicalism after the war: Western Europe and Latin America; communists, from “de-Nazification” to the Cold War; anarchism and the West’s dictatorships; anarchism and cracks in the East Bloc; the Cuban Revolution and anarchism; the revolts of 1968-1969; Cuba, anarchist guerrilla forces and the limits of armed action)

Chapter 21: Neo-liberalism, Fascist / Soviet Collapse and Anarchist Reconstruction 1970s-2010s
(The collapse of Iberian fascism and the resurgence of anarchism; Northern anarchist alternatives to authoritarian “autonomism”; Turkey, the Middle East and the Iranian Revolution of 1978-1979; Japan, South Korea and White reaction in the Far East; Zapatismo, Magónismo and resistance in the Andes; self-management in the Southern Cone; African anarchism versus capitalist “liberation movements”; the end of the Soviet empire and the betrayals of state “communism”; the IWA and the independent revolutionary syndicalist unions; social insertion of the broad anarchist movement in the new millennium; the Arab Spring and the Rojava Revolution)

Part 9: Reflections and Challenges 

Chapter 22: Counter-power: the Broad Anarchist Tradition in the new Millennium
(The relevance of anarchism today; understanding anarchism in the light of new claimants; the articulation between militant minority and the masses; new theoretical frameworks; “Four Vectors” transmission of the idea; “Three Spheres” balance of forces theory; “Five Forces” militant-to-mass gradient; “Three Axes” of contestation to build counter-power; “Three Levels” asending models of counter-power; Conclusion: building counter-power)

Part 10: Appendices

Appendix A: Maps
(First Wave: Emergence 1868-1894; Second Wave: Consolidation 1985-1921; Third Wave: Expansion 1922-1949; Fourth Wave: Contraction 1950-1975; Fifth Wave: Rearguard 1976-1991; Sixth Wave: Reconstruction 1992-2018; Anarchist Bids at Counter-power: Mexico, Ukraine, Manchuria, Spain)

Appendix B: Key Organisational Lineages
(Western Mediterranean: Iberia, France, Italy and the Barbary Coast; the Black Sea: Ukraine, Russia and Bulgaria; La Plata River Basin: Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina and southern Brazil; Gulf of Mexico: Mexico, Cuba and the southern USA); Yellow and East Seas: Japan, China, Korea and Manchuria)

Appendix C: Organisational Index

Appendix D: Thematic Index