Anarchism — a Living Tradition

  • James Joll
Part of the Studies in Comparative Politics book series (STCP)


Like the historical anarchist movement the New Left today is an international phenomenon, and it is recognized as such both by the revolutionaries themselves and by the authorities, just as the revolutionary movement was a century ago. In June 1871, a few weeks after the suppression of the Paris commune, Jules Favre, the Foreign Minister in the provisional government, said ‘Europe is faced by a work of destruction which is directed against all nations and directed against the principles upon which civilization rests.’ And on 14 November 1968, a few months after the attempts at revolution in Paris in the spring, M. Raymond Marcellin, Minister of the Interior in the French government, said ‘a study of the movement launched in the German Federal Republic in November 1967, in Britain from 1968, and the attempts observed in Holland at the same time disclosed the disturbing simultaneousness, a complete identity of methods of action and of intervention between communist and activist groups. We observe in the convergence of the pheno– menon between Europe and the United States in the last few years the action of determined and militant minorities cultivating close contacts with each other across frontiers and living in a state of permanent conspiracy against society.’1


General Strike Revolutionary Movement German Federal Republic Bourgeois Society Provisional Government 


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