Publisher: AK Press
Released: August 4, 2020
The only collection of Maurice Brinton’s work, now with additional material and a new Introduction.
Over the last sixty years many radicals have had their eyes opened by the writing of Maurice Brinton. The most prolific writer of the British Solidarity group, which existed from 1961 to 1992, his work slaughtered countless sacred cows of standard leftist thinking. For Brinton, “actually existing socialism” did not, in fact, exist.
He wrote with passion, clarity, and consistency on behalf worker self-activity and self-management and to decry those who reinforced passivity, apathy, cynicism, pecking orders, and alienation among workers. This oppressive behavior was, to him, as prevalent among state socialists and communist parties as it was among capitalists, because it enabled rulers, and would-be rulers, of every political stripe to deceive and manipulate those in whose name they claimed to act. Today, when a new crop of so-called democratic socialists are seeking state power, allegedly on behalf of working people, Brinton’s work is more relevant than ever.
Maurice Brinton (1923–2005) lived most of his life in London. He was a founding member of the Solidarity group and wrote some of the twentieth century's most important critiques of authoritarian socialism.
David Goodway worked for the School of Continuing Education, University of Leeds, from 1969 until 2005. He was then Helen Cam Visiting Fellow in History at Girton College, Cambridge until 2007. He has edited several works exploring anarchist politics, including For Anarchism: History, Theory, and Practice and Against Power and Death: The Anarchist Articles and Pamphlets of Alex Comfort. He is also the author of Anarchist Seeds beneath the Snow: Left-Libertarian Thought and British Writers from William Morris to Colin Ward.