After escaping from forced residency on an island off the coast of Italy, Errico Malatesta (1853–1932) made his way to London and eventually Paterson, New Jersey, in 1899. There, he took over the surviving voice of Italian anarchism, La Questione Sociale. Experience had led Malatesta to suggest a radical change in tactics. He claimed that his goal was not to “accomplish anarchy today, tomorrow or in ten centuries” but to “walk toward anarchy today, tomorrow, and always,” laying the foundation of an original, gradualist vision of anarchism. His writing addressed the themes of organization, the anarchist program, freedom as a method, the problem of love, bourgeois influences on anarchism, and much more.
This volume, incorporating articles on the American situation, unpublished interviews, and reports on French and Spanish conferences—such as those held in Cuba in March 1900—demonstrates the transnational dimension of Malatesta's activity, the breadth of his ideas, and his prominent role in labor and anarchist movements on both sides of the Atlantic. Includes an introduction by the late historian Nunzio Pernicone.
The Complete Works of Malatesta, Vol. IV: Towards Anarchy, 1899-1900
AK Press 2019. New paperback; 272 pages