At the Cafe: Conversations on Anarchism by Errico Malatesta

By Errico Malatesta

Whereas Malatesta used to be hiding from the police he frequently went to a restaurant in Ancona, Italy. He had shaved off his traditional beard yet he was once nonetheless taking a probability. specifically as this wasn't an anarchist cafe, yet had quite a few buyers together with the neighborhood policeman. The conversations he had during this café grew to become the root for the dialogues that make up this publication. For the 1st time in English, Malatesta, in his traditional common sense and matter-of-fact kind, units out and seriously analyses the arguments for and opposed to anarchism. Translated by means of Paul Nursey-Bray, it is a vintage defence of anarchism that anticipates the increase of nationalism, fascism and communism.

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There are some scientists that m a i ntain the inferiority of women as there are others that, on the contrary, m a i nta i n that the u nderstanding of women and their capacity for development are equal to that of men, and iF today women generally appear to have less capacity than men thi s i s d u e to the edu­ cation they have received and the environment in which they live. IF you search carefully you will even Fi n d some scientists, or at least women scientists, that assert that man is an i n Feri­ or being, destined to l iberate women From material toil and leave them free to develop thei r talents in an u n l i m ited way.

76 f A M B R O G I O : But you don't imagine that everyone will always agree. If there are some people that your social order does not s u i t, what will you do? G I O R G I O : Those people will make whatever arrange­ ments best suit them, and we and they will reach an agree­ After all, it is u n derstood that i nstitutions are only worth as much as the people that make them function - and anar­ chism in particular, that is the reign of free agreement, can­ nol exist if people do not understand the benefits of solidar­ ity a n d don't want to agree.

Strength to overcome your habits of mind and wish to reflect You b u i ld the whole of your edifice on the free will of the on this matter without bios, you wou ld easily u nderstand, members of the association . . that, a llowing that the aim of society has to be the greatest well being for a l l , one necessa rily arrives at anarch ist com­ G I O R G I O : Precisely. munism as the solution. If you thi n k on the contrary that soci­ ety is mode to engross a few pleasure loving individuals at A M B R OG 10: And this is your error.

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