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By Errico Malatesta

Life and Ideas gathers excerpts from Malatesta’s writings over a life of innovative task. The editor, Vernon Richards, has translated countless numbers of articles by means of Malatesta, taken from the journals Malatesta both edited himself or contributed to, from the earliest, L’En Dehors of 1892, via to Pensiero e Volontà, which was once pressured to shut by means of Mussolini’s fascists in 1926, and the bilingual Il Risveglio/Le Réveil, which released such a lot of his writings after that date. those articles were pruned all the way down to their necessities and picked up less than subheadings starting from “Ends and capability” to “Anarchist Propaganda.” during the choices Malatesta’s classical anarchism emerges: a innovative, nonpacifist, nonreformist imaginative and prescient proficient via a long time of engagement in fight and research. furthermore there's a brief biographical piece and an essay by way of the editor.

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Under the pretext, and even perhaps with the honest and sincere intention of regenerating the world with a new Gospel, a new single rule would be imposed on everybody; all freedom would be suppressed and free initiative made impossible; and as a result there would be disillusionment, a paralyzing of production, black markets, and smuggling, increased power and corruption in the civil service, widespread misery and finally a more or less complete return to those conditions of oppression and exploitation which it was the aim of the revolution to abolish.

And the new power, not knowing, and being unable to satisfy a huge variety of often contradictory needs and desires, and not wanting to declare itself useless by leaving to the interested parties the freedom to act as they wish or as best they can, would reconstitute the State, based, as all States are, on military and police forces which, assuming it survived, would simply replace the old set of 29 Life and Ideas rules by new, and more fanatical ones. Under the pretext, and even perhaps with the honest and sincere intention of regenerating the world with a new Gospel, a new single rule would be imposed on everybody; all freedom would be suppressed and free initiative made impossible; and as a result there would be disillusionment, a paralyzing of production, black markets, and smuggling, increased power and corruption in the civil service, widespread misery and finally a more or less complete return to those conditions of oppression and exploitation which it was the aim of the revolution to abolish.

Sometimes, when they are well read, they think of themselves as supermen. They are unhampered by scruples; they want “to live their lives”; they poke fun at the revolution and at every forward-looking aspiration, they want to enjoy life in the present at any cost and at everybody’s expense; they would sacrifice the whole of mankind for one hour’s “intensive living” (there are those who have used these very words). They are rebels, but not anarchists. They have the mentality and the feelings of unsuccessful bourgeois, and when they do succeed they not only become bourgeois in fact, but are not the least unpleasant among them.

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