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Libertarian Socialism

Politics in Black and Red

Editors: Prichard, A., Kinna, R., Pinta, S., Berry, D. (Eds.)

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The history of the left is usually told as one of factionalism and division. This collection of essays casts new light to show how the boundaries between Marxism and anarchism have been more porous and fruitful than is conventionally recognised. The volume includes ground-breaking pieces on the history of socialism in the twentieth-century.

About the authors

Alex Prichard, Lecturer in International Relations, University of Exeter, UK
Ruth Kinna, Professor of Political Theory, Loughborough University, UK
Saku Pinta, Independent Scholar
Dave Berry, Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University UK


'Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Red and Black' is an invaluable contribution to historical scholarship and libertarian politics. The collection of essays contained in the book has the great virtue of offering both analytical perspectives on ideas, and historical perspectives on movements. The contributions examine classical themes in anarchist politics such as individual liberty, whilst also exploring more neglected thinkers and themes from a libertarian standpoint, such as C.L.R. James and race. There can be little doubt that the volume will be of major interest to historians, theorists, students and activists.'

Darrow Schecter, Reader in Italian, School of History, Art History and Philosophy,University of Sussex

Series Editor: Critical Theory and Contemporary Society, Continuum Books

'Just what we need as we move into a new phase of revolt against the obscenity of capitalism: a recovery of the richness of our different traditions of struggle, with their weavings and bumpings. Time to move on, time to redeem the struggles of the past. A valuable and welcome collection.'

John Holloway, author of Change the World Without Taking Power and professor of sociology, Autonomous University of Puebla.

'This is a welcome and essential collection that is sure to spark debates and support ongoing efforts to build a liberatory movement in which Marxists and Anarchists can find common ground and practice mutual respect and humility. In this period of late-capitalism, survival itself is at stake. Theory and practice, whether Marxism or Anarchism in their many manifestations, lead to dead ends without careful assessment of the world as it is now.'

Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, a native of rural Oklahoma is a teacher, historian and writer, and veteran of worker, feminist, and indigenous movements.

An important, redemptive collection of essays that questions narratives of sectarian difference without resorting to easy answers. In exploring the productive frictions, convergences, agonisms and affinities that have created and re-created the 'black and red,' the contributors recover the neglected histories of a capacious Left, one that repudiated ideological rigidity and sterile orthodoxies without abandoning its socialist commons. Itself a model of such capaciousness, this is a stimulating and necessary work

Raymond B. Craib, Associate Professor, Department of History, Cornell University

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Libertarian Socialism
Book Subtitle
Politics in Black and Red
  • A. Prichard
  • R. Kinna
  • S. Pinta
  • D. Berry
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
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Number of Pages
XI, 311