Anarchist Seeds Beneath the SnowLeft-Libertarian Thought and British Writers from William Morris to Colin Ward

Anarchist Seeds Beneath the SnowLeft-Libertarian Thought and British Writers from William Morris to Colin Ward

David Goodway

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9781846310256

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

Abstract

From William Morris to Oscar Wilde to George Orwell, left-libertarian thought has long been an important but neglected part of British cultural and political history. This book seeks to recover and revitalize that indigenous anarchist tradition. It succeeds as simultaneously a cultural history of left-libertarian thought in Britain and a demonstration of the applicability of that history to current politics. The author argues that a recovered anarchist tradition could — and should — be a touchstone for contemporary political radicals. Moving from Aldous Huxley and John Cowper Powys to the war in Iraq, this volume will energize leftist movements throughout Britain and the rest of the world.