The Political Pre-History of Love & Rage
This zine is sub-titled “Anarchist Struggle in the 1980s and 1990s” and it consists of a reprinted section from a Love & Rage convention bulletin on the history of anarchist organizing in North America (primarily in the United States). It covers the national gatherings that took place, street protests, campaigns, publications, and more. While most of the interpretations are presented through the lens of Love & Rage and should be treated with some skepticism, it provides a history that has been largely forgotten.
This zine presents Love & Rage's interpretation of anarchist struggle in the 1980s and 1990s (the history originally appeared in the “1997 Member Handbook” published by the New York Local, it’s been trimmed here for relevance). To be sure, its bias is towards making the case for a federation style of organization. Setting that aside (as hard as that may be), it presents a history that has been largely lost. We present it not to advocate for federations (which have a rather long history of not working out so well), but rather out of interest in the accomplishments and missteps of previous generations of anarchists.
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