Anarchy 83

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Contents of No. 83

January 1968


Tenants take over Colin Ward 1
Homeless in Wandsworth Patricia Goldacre 20
City planning—professionals and protesters David Gurin 25
The Barnsbury environment   32
Cover by John Riley  



  Anar­chism as a so­cial phil­oso­phy is con­cerned with popu­lar ini­tia­tive ra­ther than on that of the “au­thori­ties”. No­where is it harder to find as­pects of so­cial life where or­dinary people can break in on and in­flu­ence the situ­ation than in housing and plan­ning. Yet no­where is it more ur­gent­ly neces­sary. In this is­sue we set out a de­tailed pro­posal for the trans­fer of coun­cil housing to tenants’ co-opera­tives, Pat Gold­acre examines the trials of the home­less in Wands­worth and David Gurin dis­cusses the chal­lenge to the “pro­fes­sion­als” by the “pro­test­ers” in town plan­ning.

  Several previ­ous is­sues have sought to ex­plore the pos­si­bi­li­ties and limi­ta­tions of popu­lar inter­ven­tion in these fields. In ANARCHY 24 on “Housing and Help­less­ness” we ana­lysed the sig­ni­fi­cance of the post-war squat­ters’ move­ment—far and away the most sig­ni­fi­cant ex­ample of such inter­ven­tion. In ANARCHY 26 Brian Richard­son dis­cussed the im­pli­ca­tions of the demon­stra­tion at New­ing­ton Lodge, the County Coun­cil Re­cep­tion Centre in Lon­don. In ANARCHY 35 on “House and Home” we looked at the sig­ni­fi­cance of the demon­stra­tion over the Cobb evic­tion in Pad­ding­ton, and in ANARCHY 37 J. D. Gilbert-Rolfe described simi­lar ac­tion in Tun­bridge Wells. In ANARCHY 41 Robert Swann dis­cussed Direct Ac­tion and the Urban Envi­ron­ment, in ANARCHY 58 Brian Richard­son re­ported on the King Hill Hostel strug­gle, and on the basis of the ex­peri­ence there set out in ANARCHY 67 a plan for a Co-oper­ative Hostel for the Home­less, while in ANARCHY 77 on “Do-it-Yourself Anar­chism” Andy Ander­son ex­am­ined the poli­tic­al meaning of the King Hill cam­paign.

  ANARCHY 84 next month, on “The Lower Depths” looks fur­ther at other as­pects of pover­ty. The ma­teri­al which we pre­sent in ANARCHY is not inten­ded as bed­side reading but as the ground­work for in­formed and effec­tive ac­tion. Use It!



Other issues of “Anarchy”:

Please note: Issues 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 20, 37, 38, 66 are out of print.


Vol. 1. 1961: 1. Sex-and-Violence; 2. Workers’ control; 3. What does anarchism mean today?; 4. Deinstitutionisation; 5. Spain; 6. Cinema; 7. Adventure playground; 8. Anthropology; 9. Prison; 10. Industrial decentralisation.


Vol. 2. 1962: 11. Paul Goodman, A. S. Neill; 12. Who are the anarchists?; 13. Direct action; 14. Disobedience; 15. David Wills; 16. Ethics of anarchism; 17. Lumpenproletariat; 18. Comprehensive schools; 19. Theatre; 20. Non-violence; 21. Secondary modern; 22. Marx and Bakunin.


Vol. 3. 1963: 23. Squatters; 24. Community of scholars; 25. Cybernetics; 26. Thoreau; 27. Youth; 28. Future of anarchism; 29. Spies for peace; 30. Community workshop; 31. Self-organising systems; 32. Crime; 33. Alex Comfort; 34. Science fiction.


Vol. 4. 1964: 35. Housing; 36. Police; 37. I won’t vote; 38. Nottingham; 39. Homer Lane; 40. Unions; 41. Land; 42. India; 43. Parents and teachers; 44. Transport; 45. The Greeks; 46. Anarchism and historians.


Vol. 5. 1965: 47. Freedom in work; 48. Lord of the flies; 49. Automation; 50. Anarchist outlook; 51. Blues, pop, folk; 52. Limits of pacifism; 53. After school; 54. Buber, Landauer, Muhsam; 55. Mutual aid; 56. Women; 57. Law; 58. Stateless societies.


Vol. 6. 1966: 59. White problem; 60. Drugs; 61. Creative vandalism; 62. Organisation; 63. Voluntary servitude; 64. Misspent youth; 65. Derevolutionisation; 66. Provo; 67. USA; 68. Class and anarchism; 69. Ecology; 70. Libertarian psychiatry.


Vol. 7. 1967: 71. Sociology of school; 72. Strike City, USA; 73. Street School; 74. Anarchism and reality; 75. Improvised drama; 76. 1984; 77. Anarchist group handbook; 78. Liberatory technology; 79. Latin America; 80. Workers’ control; 81. Russian anarchists; 82. Braehead School.


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