April 2014

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.

Printing Copy – First-last landscape layout. 1Mb

Reading Copy – Sequential portrait layout. 1Mb.

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.