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Only a Beginning: An Anarchist Anthology


Only a Beginning is one of the most comprehensive collection of writings by anarchists ever assembled.

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Drawing on a wide-range of anarchist publications, Only a Beginning is the first comprehensive overview of anarchist theory and practice in North America from 1976 to the present. Compiled and edited by Allan Antliff, it documents over a quarter-century of grassroots activism, including protests and gatherings, art exhibitions, street theatre, Internet sites, and squats, as well as specific movements such as environmentalism, anti-globalization, feminism, queer rights, indigenous struggles, and prisoners’ rights.

In today’s post-9/11 climate, major demonstrations attempting to resist globalization, war-mongering, and anti-environmental policies, among others, are becoming more organized and high-profile, while at the same time are subject to increasing suspicion and repression by politicians and police. But in the muddle of today’s political centrism, it seems at times that anarchism is the only real voice speaking out passionately against the ruling class.

Only a Beginning casts light on the rich, diverse, and progressive history of these movements, placing them in the context of the era in which they appeared and demonstrating their relevance to contemporary action. Included are the histories of major anarchist journals as well as essays on specific anarchist practice relevant to activist movements across Canada and indeed North America.

Lavishly illustrated with original artwork and photographs, Only a Beginning is one of the most comprehensive collection of writings by anarchists ever assembled.


This is an exciting collection of anarchist writings from Canada over the past 25 years. I didn’t know anything about Canadian activists until I got this, besides from what happened in Quebec in 2001, and this has tons of information about the movements up there. Especially compelling are the writings on feminism and music. I highly recommend this to anarchists and activists who want to broaden their understandings of anti-capitalist theories and tactics. But you probably ought to get it from your local infoshop.

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