Friday, April 17, 2009

Benjamin Tucker struggled for individual freedom

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1854 Benjamin Tucker (d. June 22, 1939), American publisher, journalist, propagandist, theorist, leading proponent of individualist anarchism in the 19th Century, born at South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA. Tucker translated into English Pierre-Joseph Proudhon’s classic work What is Property?

Benjamin Tucker's contribution to American anarchism was as much through his publishing as his own writing. In editing and publishing the anarchist periodical, Liberty, Tucker both filtered and integrated the theories of such European thinkers as Herbert Spencer and Proudhon with the thinking of American individualist activists, Lysander Spooner, Ezra Heywood, Stephen Pearl Andrews, William Greene (William Batchelder Greene) and Josiah Warren, as well as the uniquely American free thought and free love movements in order to produce a rigorous system of philosophical or individualist anarchism.

Tucker shared with the advocates of free love and free thought a disdain for prohibitions on non-invasive behaviour and religiously-based legislation, but he saw the poor condition of American workers as a result of four state-maintained monopolies: the money monopoly, the land monopoly, tariffs, and patents ...

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