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8. Dynamite Club: The Anarchists


8. Dynamite Club: The Anarchists

France Since 1871 (HIST 276)

Anarchists, unlike syndicalists and other leftists, seek to destroy the state rather than to capture state power for themselves. Emile Henry and other late nineteenth-century radicals inaugurated the modern practice of terrorism in their individualism and their indiscriminate choice of civilian targets. Despite the terrifying consequences of individual acts of terrorism, these pale in comparison to the consequences of state terrorism.

00:00 - Chapter 1. The Roots of Anarchism: Founders and the French Context
12:59 - Chapter 2. The Legacy of Ravachol
18:51 - Chapter 3. The Story of Émile Henry: The Individualist Anarchist
39:10 - Chapter 4. Henry's Deed: The Bomb and the Aftermath
44:43 - Chapter 5. Anarchism Today: Symmetries with Modern Terrorism

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

This course was recorded in Fall 2007.


In this episode of In Our Time, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Anarchism and why its political ideas became synonymous with chaos and disorder. Pierre Joseph Proudhon famously declared “property is theft”. And perhaps more surprisingly that “Anarchy is order”. Speaking in 1840, he was the first self-proclaimed anarchist. Anarchy comes from the Greek word “anarchos”, meaning “without rulers”, and the movement draws on the ideas of philosophers like William Godwin and John Locke. It is also prominent in Taoism, Buddhism and other religions. In Christianity, for example, St Paul said there is no authority except God. The anarchist rejection of a ruling class inspired communist thinkers too. Peter Kropotkin, a Russian prince and leading anarcho-communist, led this rousing cry in 1897: “Either the State for ever, crushing individual and local life... Or the destruction of States and new life starting again.. on the principles of the lively initiative of the individual and groups and that of free agreement. The choice lies with you!” In the Spanish Civil War, anarchists embarked on the largest experiment to date in organising society along anarchist principles. Although it ultimately failed, it was not without successes along the way. So why has anarchism become synonymous with chaos and disorder? What factors came together to make the 19th century and early 20th century the high point for its ideas? How has its philosophy influenced other movements from The Diggers and Ranters to communism, feminism and eco-warriors? With John Keane, Professor of Politics at Westminster University; Ruth Kinna, Senior Lecturer in Politics at Loughborough University; Peter Marshall, philosopher and historian.

This is a BBC episode of In Our Time. For more information, go to

Varieties of Anarchism

TEAtime lecture delivered on 2nd October 2014

Delivered by Professor Denis McManus (Head of Philosophy, Head of Research)

Anarchism has taken many different forms over the centuries but this talk will look at one way in which modern anarchists can be seen as falling into two broad camps: individualistic and communal anarchists. While sharing some views about what is wrong with the state, these different camps base their alternative visions of life without a state on different conceptions of human flourishing. They also have different resources available to them when it comes to trying to meet the objections that come their way. For example, what are we going to do about that ‘anti-social’ individual who doesn’t want to play by our anarchist 'rules' …?

14. Radicals

European Civilization, 1648-1945 (HIST 202)

Socialism in the nineteenth century can be divided into two different strains of thought, reformist and revolutionary. While reformist socialists believed in changing the State through legal activity, such as voting, revolutionary socialists viewed such measures as ineffective and perhaps even complicit in maintaining the status quo. Along the spectrum of leftwing political thought, syndicalists and anarchists shared the conviction that the State could not be reformed from within. In some cases, this conviction resulted in acts of violence, so-called propaganda by the deed. Émile Henry, a French anarchist, was among the first militants to target civilian rather than official targets; as such, he can be seen as one of the first modern terrorists.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Revolutionary and Reform Socialism
07:29 - Chapter 2. Syndicalism
11:15 - Chapter 3. Anarchism: Roots and Reasons
22:50 - Chapter 4. Propaganda by the Deed
27:46 - Chapter 5: The Life and Crimes of Émile Henry

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

This course was recorded in Fall 2008.

Murray Bookchin - Anarchy and Progress (1975)

August Reinsdorf - The Unsuccessful Anarchist Terrorist

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Boris' Message to Anarchists

I managed to ask this ACTOR about anarchy....

Band In A Box - Get Dynamite (Club Version)

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Ep. 14: Benjamin Tucker and the Individualist Anarchists (with David D'Amato)

David D'Amato joins Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus for a conversation about the idea of voluntary socialism through the lens of the individualist anarchists of the 19th century. They discuss the life and philosophy of Benjamin Tucker, Voltairine de Cleyre, and others, and explain how the definitions of socialism and capitalism have changed over the years.

D'Amato is an attorney and a Senior Fellow and Trustee at the Center for a Stateless Society. He earned a JD from New England School of Law and an LLM in Global Law and Technology from Suffolk University Law.

Note: In the show, D'Amato claims that Benjamin Tucker died in the 1920s; he actually died in 1939.

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Martin comments on the looming crisis in E.1. and the civil wars within the main parties.

Creative Quotations from Mikhail Bakunin for May 30

A thought provoking collection of Creative Quotations from Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876); born on May 30. Russian anarchist; He was a founder of Nihilism and wrote God and the Sate, 1872-74.

Robert Colls on George Orwell as a 'Tory anarchist'

Robert Colls, author of 'George Orwell: English Rebel', talks about the contradictory political alignment of George Orwell, discussing whether or not he really was a 'Tory anarchist'.

A.2.18 Do anarchists support terrorism?

Welcome to the 26th part of the BETTER Anarchist FAQ.


Video game: The Long Dark.

Songs: Vaporous, Mend, Across the Stream and Morphing by Elsiane.

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This video and An Anarchist FAQ is licensed under the GFDL version 1.1 or later, or the GPL version 2 or later.

Feb. 22 Chattanooga Anarchy

On Feb. 22, There will be a panel discussion on Anarchy, leftism, and other things you're not supposed to ask about in Chattanooga, TN. Please join us at 8 Pm at The Rock MCC at 1601 Foust Street, Chattanooga TN 37404 .

Anarchism as a Research Paradigm | Edward Stringham

Lecture presented by Edward Stringham at the Lugwig von Mises Institute's annual Austrian Scholars Conference held at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama; March 16-18, 2006.

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Anarchists Against The Wall 4/4

Anarchists Against the Wall (AATW) is a direct action group that was established in 2003 in response to the construction of the wall Israel is building on Palestinian land in the Occupied West Bank.

Dinamite Club - Pra Mim OK

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Selma James at Anarchist Bookfair 2nd half

Selma James speaking at the Anarchist Bookfair in London, October 2012

Patricia Leighten - Pissarro's Politics in Context

Patricia Leighten presents her topic titled, From Mutual Aid to Radical Individualism: Neoimpressionism and Fauvism in Light of Anarchist Aesthetic Theory, at the 2011 Clark Symposium: Pissarro's Politics in Context - Anarchism and the Arts, 1849-1900.

Anarchism 101: Lesson #1.1 - What is Anarchism?

Anarchism 101 - Three Minutes at a Time. Lesson #1 is a basic introduction to the theory of anarchism. We discuss both what anarchism really means and what it does not mean.



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