'Why a Vanguard?' + 'Fictional Movement or Real Movement?' by Alfredo M. Bonanno
2009-2011/ Elephant Editions
Translated by Jean Weir
325 is pleased to present for the first time in English, these two new free online PDF editions from well-known anarchist-insurrectionalist comrade, Alfredo M. Bonanno, translated and produced by Elephant Editions. These pamphlets consist of two sections from ‘Movimento e progetto rivoluzione’; sections which analyse and explore the role of the anarchist revolutionary project within mass social struggle, and also the changing nature of that struggle, with differing political and subversive structures contrasted and examined in regard to their direction and impetus, and not only. We welcome you to print out and distribute these texts to interested readers, which cut to the heart of the topics of, amongst others; movement politics, minority struggle, and widespread social change, with their prescient nature and enduring critical value.
Download here: Why a Vanguard?
Original title: Avanguardia, perche?
Published in: Movimento e progetto rivoluzionaria, Edizioni di “Anarchismo”, January 1977
From the introduction:
“The ideas that follow are aimed at going into the problem of the relations between the movement of the exploited and the revolutionary anarchist movement.
The conclusion is very simple and constitutes the starting point of a reflection that we are proposing to all comrades: it is not within the enclosure of the specific anarchist movement that one works for the revolution, but outside in the reality of struggles, which at this moment do not see us present. In this sense the anarchist movement still has a long way to go. In the face of the urgency of the situation it has become imperative for all sincere revolutionary anarchist comrades to reflect on the ways and conditions of organising oneself to contribute to the widening, in the libertarian sense, of the present situation of crises and discomfort.
The time for hesitation and waiting is over. May whoever is available for the revolutionary struggle seek his or her comrades and not indulge in waiting for a sign or clarification on the part of the specific movement.”
Why a vanguard?
The organisational question
The illusion of quantity
Authoritarian group and libertarian one
The relationship between groups: the vertical structure and the horizontal one
Authoritarian boss and libertarian leader
An attempt to examine the character structure of the libertarian militant
The conflict between total and partial
The solution of the problem of the vanguard
Download here: Fictional Movement or Real Movement? [+ Cover label]
Original title: Movimento fittizio e movimento reale,
Published in the volume Movimento e progetto rivoluzionario, Edizioni di “Anarchismo”, June 1977.
From the introduction:
“Following on from the text ‘Why a Vanguard?’, the present work continues to go into the problem of the relations between the movement of the exploited and the revolutionary anarchist movement.
The anarchist revolutionary project is the bridge that is thrown in the direction of specific reality, uniting the experiences of selforganisation that are often singularly isolated. It is also the overcoming of the distinction between anarchist minority and movement of the exploited; from the moment the project is in course, all barriers start to fall and one finds oneself struggling for a common goal.”
The movement of the exploited
The anarchist movement
Fictitious movement and real movement
The real anarchist movement
The dangers of the primacy of doing
The false dilemma between theory and practice
The first contact with the reality of the struggle
More on the misconception of the quantitative growth of the minority
Contact with reality and the consequences
The fragmentary nature of the reality of the struggles
The revolutionary anarchist project
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