Newman (2016) also attributes to 'classical anarchism' elements historically belonging to other traditions, which may have influenced some anarchists
but cannot be considered anarchist
markers, arguing that today 'there is no longer a distinct centre of power, no symbolic Winter Palace to storm' (p.
Interestingly, even during the revolution and civil war, many Russian anarchists
themselves recognized (and decried) their lack of unity and incessant infighting.
Cohn switches constantly between different times and places, always focusing on what is specifically anarchist
in cultural manifestations in contexts so distant from each other as to seem almost entirely unrelated.
More narrowly, the NAP can apply to outsiders selectively, allowing anarchists
to extend an olive branch when possible but unleash merciless brutality on those with nefarious designs.
Echoing recent work by other scholars such as Nunzio Pernicone, Davide Turcato, and Pietro Di Paola, it shows that Italian anarchists
were closely connected through intense correspondence, newspapers, and physical movement back and forth between Italy, Europe, and America.
How did anarchist
editors respond to the outpouring of nationalism during World War I, or the developing statism of the Russian Revolution?
A key strength of this book is that it incorporates the testimony and experiences of Italian anarchists
who settled in North America.
Put simply, it has never happened, despite the sincerity of liberty-minded anarchists
who believe it can be accomplished, man's unchanging human nature notwithstanding.
It is also nicely illustrated with a mix of "mug shots," cartoons from the British press, and images of posters for meetings organized in London by the French anarchists
Police Use Tear Gas to Disperse Protesting Anarchists
in Athens - Reports
Although these anarchists
supported punk's eclectic and energetic sounds, it was clearly understood by most that they were not of the punk community in the same way that the performers were.
Institutions such as these brought together anarchists
and socialists in sometimes productive and harmonious but oftentimes contentious collaborations.