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Kropotkin on communes and wages

Kropotkin on communes and wages by Peter Kropotkin.

Published by Bastard Press

English – 24 pages

The Wage System first published in 1920. On a proposed communist settlement first published in 1895.

This is a single-volume edition of two previous Bastard Press titles.

In On a proposed Communist settlement, Kropotkin warns a group of communists about the dangers isolated communes face in the real world. With clear and precise insight developed by his early work as a geographer, he outlines the risks such communities face when starting, the problems existing social and economic models have in small numbers and the difficulties faced by the isolation and separation from day-to-day life and the literal invasion faced by those who do manage to achieve success. This edition also features a preface by Sydney anarchist and ecologist Graham Purchase.

In The Wage System Kropotkin argues against collectivist use of alternative currencies, such as the ‘labour note’ and exchange currencies (such as Ithaca Hours and LETS) by systematically investigating the problems with assessing the worth of labour and the the valuing of one kind of labour against another – the basis of wages and the economic systems of both capitalism and socialism. Over a century after it was written, The Wage System continues to offer a concise and skilled insight into the fundamental problems of wages, work and labour.

 

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See you at Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair 2014!

IMG_0687s We’re off to the Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair tomorrow to peddle our wares. Most of the Bastard Press collection will be there, along with some select reprints from the Bastard Archive. Pop by and say hi.

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Proudhon in the closet

coverProudhon in the closet by Daniel Guerin. Translated by Jesse Cohn.

Published by Bastard Press

English – 16 pages

First published in Essai Sur La Revolution Sexuelle (Apres Reich Et Kinsey) in 1969.

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon is best known as the anarchist who declared “Property is theft!” and brought anarchism into the intellectual world with his volumes of work on Mutualism and government. He is less well known as a misogynist and even less so as a venomous homophobe. Here Daniel Guerin analyses Proudhon’s misogyny and homophobia and the raging contradictions brought about by his hatred and paradoxical consequences this has on Proudhon’s anarchism. Guerin’s research reveals a complex and conflicting emotional relationship with men and masculinity, and consequently women and the feminine, in Proudhon’s life.

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Printing and filing, not uploading and pirating.

IMG_20140319_180734We’re nearly three years old, which is a great achievement, but we’ve only contributed seven new archived items in the last year, which is a disappointing rate.

The physical archive has grown well out of control in the last two years, and a new cataloguing attempt is now under way, which is consuming quite a bit of time and energy. There has also been some work happening with Bastard Press which takes time away from the archiving process.

If you were at the Sydney Anarchist Bookfair recently you may have seen four Bastard Press titles – two exclusive to SABF! One is the first English printing of Daniel Guerin’s Proudhon in the closet and the other is a combination of two previous Bastard Press titles rolled into one. They’ll be up on the Archive this month, and hopefully we’ll be contributing to the international anarchist booklegging movement more consistently in our fourth year of operation.

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Anarchism in Istanbul

coverEkmek, adalet, özgürluk! Anarchism in Istanbul by David Kimball

Published by Bastard Press

English – 28 pages

First published by Bastard Press, 2013.

Ekmek, adalet, özgürluk! (Turkish for ‘Bread, justice, freedom!’) contains two interviews with Turkish anarchists. The first is with members of the anarchist-communist group Kolektif 26A, who have operated an anti-capitalist commune in Istanbul for five years, working and living together while pushing back the state and capital and socialising the concepts of anarchism.The second discusses the struggle of anarchist women in Turkey, arguably the most patriarchal state on the European continent, and the efforts to claim  equality against active state oppression and misogynistic custom and tradition and to build a movement  that is simultaneously anti-gender hierarchy and anti-capitalist yet inclusive and communitarian. Ekmek, adalet, özgürluk! is both an introduction to the praxis of anarchism in Turkey and a discussion of the complexities being grappled with outside the Western sphere of anarchism.

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