Anarchism and Violence: Selections From Anarchist Writings, 1896-1925 / :30 / Free / ICC, PO Box 712191, Los Angeles, CA 90071 /
I really hate philosophy. However, I like the free reproduction of ideas, and especially from anarchist scholars that Iâ€™ve never previously even heard of (except from other zinesters copping Malatestaâ€™s name. To be honest, the writing style of Malatesta is much more accessible than most philosophers, and there seems to be an â€œIâ€ speaking as opposed to the very direct and hortatory voice that comes through in many a philosophical text. The interesting piece in â€œAnarchism and Violenceâ€ that really makes one think is Malatestaâ€™s attack on the primacy of passive resistance. The idea really runs parallel to my own personally held beliefs, which combat events like the â€œDay of Silenceâ€ by doing essentially the same thing that the oppressors do every day – force a subjugated group of people into a non-vocal role into society. What ends this zine is a mini-biography on Malatesta, which provides much more interesting fdared as it shows the incredible persecution that Malatesta had to face as a result of eir anarchistic beliefs. The ability to triumph over time is perhaps the major tenet that one can draw from Malatestaâ€™s life and works, and it is through the reading of this zine that I feel that someone can be rejuvenated, a little bit of the caustic edge that permeates anarchism in the current period worn off by some of the successes of Malatesta.