Revolution and Other Writings: A Political Reader

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"Landauer is the most important agitator of the radical and revolutionary movement in the entire country." This is how Gustav Landauer was described in a German police file from 1893. Twenty-six years later, Landauer died at the hands of reactionary soldiers who overthrew the Bavarian Council Republic, a three-week attempt to realize libertarian socialism amidst the turmoil of post-World War I Germany. It was the last chapter in the life of a unique activist, writer, and mystic.

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Overview

"Landauer is the most important agitator of the radical and revolutionary movement in the entire country." This is how Gustav Landauer was described in a German police file from 1893. Twenty-six years later, Landauer died at the hands of reactionary soldiers who overthrew the Bavarian Council Republic, a three-week attempt to realize libertarian socialism amidst the turmoil of post-World War I Germany. It was the last chapter in the life of a unique activist, writer, and mystic.

This is the first comprehensive collection of Landauer's writings in English. It includes one of his major works, Revolution, thirty additional essays and articles, and a selection of correspondence. The texts cover Landauer's entire political biography, from his early anarchism of the 1890s to his philosophical reflections at the turn of the century, the subsequent establishment of the Socialist Bund, his tireless agitation against the war, and the final days among the revolutionaries in Munich. Additional chapters collect Landauer's articles on radical politics in the U.S. and Mexico, and illustrate the scope of his writing with texts on corporate capital, language, education, and Judaism. The volume includes and extensive introduction, commentary, and bibliographical information from the editor, and a preface from Richard J.F. Day (Gramsci Is Dead).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604860542
  • Publisher: PM Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gustav Landauer was one of the key figures of German anarchism who influenced many prominent authors, including Martin Buber, Walter Benjamin, and Hermann Hesse. Gabriel Kuhn is the author of Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge, and Radical Politics and Women Pirates and the Politics of the Jolly Roger. Richard J.F. Day is an autonomy-oriented theorist and practitioner, whose work focuses on creating non-statist, non-capitalist, post-colonial, sustainable alternatives to the dominant global order. He works and teaches at Queen's University, and is a founding member of the AKA Autonomous Social Centre, both in Kingston Ontario.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Landauer Today Richard J.F. Day Day, Richard J. F. 6

Editor's Note Gabriel Kuhn Kuhn, Gabriel 10

Introduction Siegbert Wolf Wolf, Siegbert 18

Childhood and Youth

Twenty-five Years Later: On the Jubilee of Wilhelm II 62

Early Anarchism

Anarchism - Socialism 70

An Anarchist's Response to the Kaiser's Speech 75

A Few Words on Anarchism 79

Anarchic Thoughts on Anarchism 84

Through Separation to Community

Through Separation to Community 94

Revolution

Revolution 110

Socialist Hopes

What Does the Socialist Bund Want? 188

The Socialist Way 191

The Settlement 196

Socialist Beginning 201

The Party 206

Weak Statesmen, Weaker People! 213

The Twelve Articles of the Socialist Bund, Second Version 215

On War and Nationalism

The Free Workers' Council 218

The Abolition of War by the Self-Determination of the People: Questions to the German Workers 222

Revolution, Nation, and War 230

Peace Treaty and Peace Administration: A Letter to Woodrow Wilson 234

On America

The 11th of November 240

In Memory of Robert Reitzel 245

Tucker's Revelation 248

McNamara 255

From Mexico 261

Mexico 264

Opinion and Journalism Pieces

The Petroleum World Monopoly 272

Do Not Learn Esperanto! 276

May 1 280

Ferrer 286

Japan 291

The Beilis Trial 295

Letters

Letter to Paul Eltzbacher (1900) 302

Letter to Julius Bab (1904) 304

Letter to Erich Muhsam (1907) 307

Letter to Max Nettlau (1911) 309

Letter to Bernhard Kampffmeyer (1912) 312

Letter to Ludwig Berndl (1915) 314

Letter to Hugo Landauer (1917) 316

Letter to Martin Buber (1918) 319

Letter to Margarete Susman (1919) 321

Postcard to Fritz Mauthner (1919) 323

Letters and Telegrams to His Daughters (1919) 324

Bibliography

German 328

English 339

Index 342

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