This zine collects two excellent essays by Lawrence Jarach: "Leftism 101" from Back to Basics: The Problem of the Left put out by the Green Anarchy collective and "Anarchists, Don't let the Left(overs) Ruin your Appetite" from Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed #48.
We feel they are worth reprinting because they offer a substantive critique of "the Left" in terms of its philosophy and its history. We're skeptical of anarchists associating with the Leftist tradition because it tends to lead anarchists in very "un-anarchist" directions whether that be participating in “movements” seeking reforms or concessions from the state or suspending their goals and principles in the interest of short-term "coalitions."
The first essay looks at the origins of Leftist thought and anarchism's relationship to it. The second essay provides a brief overview of anarchists' historical relationship with "the Left," concluding that there is no point in engaging with it.
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