Publisher: Freedom Press
Released: January 3, 2006
In 1897, while Malatesta was hiding from the police, he regularly went to a cafe in Ancona, Italy. He had shaved off his usual beard, but was still taking a risk. Especially as this wasn't an anarchist cafe, but had a variety of customers including the local policeman. The conversations he had in this cafe became the basis for the dialogs that make up this book, though it was a work he wasn't to complete till 1920—several wars and revolutions later! For the first time here in English, Malatesta, in his usual commonsense and matter-of-fact style, sets out and critically analyses the arguments for and against anarchism. Translated and introduced by Paul Nursey-Bray, this is a classic defense of anarchism, that anticipates the rise of nationalism, fascism and communism.