Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed

Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed
Anarchy magazine logo
Type Political philosophy
Format annual
Publisher Center for Alternative Literature
Editor John Henri Nolette, L D Hobson, Lawrence Jarach
Founded 1980
Political alignment Anarchism
Language English
Headquarters Berkeley, California
ISSN 1044-1387
OCLC number 11733794

Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed is a North American anarchist magazine.


  • Publishing history 1
  • Perspective and contributors 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Publishing history

The magazine was founded by members of the Columbia Anarchist League of Columbia, Missouri, and continued to be published there for nearly fifteen years, eventually under the sole editorial control of Jason McQuinn (who initially used the pseudonym "Lev Chernyi").

In 1995 and 1996 the magazine's production was moved to New York City to be published by members of the Autonomedia collective. However the demise of independent distributor Fine Print nearly killed the magazine, necessitating its return to the Columbia collective after just two issues. It has remained in Columbia, from 1997 and is published bi-annually by a group based in Berkeley, California.[1][2] The magazine accepts no advertising. It has serially published two book-length works, The Papalagi and Raoul Vaneigem's The Revolution of Everyday Life.

Perspective and contributors

The magazine offers a Post-left anarchy critique ("beyond the confines of ideology"), as articulated by such writers as Lawrence Jarach, John Zerzan, Bob Black, and Wolfi Landstreicher (formerly Feral Faun/Feral Ranter among other noms de plume). Zerzan is now best known as the foremost proponent of anarcho-primitivism. The magazine has been open to publishing the primitivists, which has caused leftist critics and academics like Ruth Kinna (editor of Anarchist Studies) to classify the magazine as primitivist, but McQuinn, Jarach and others have published critiques of primitivism there. Bob Black has contributed for "The Abolition of Work" (1985), but for Anarchy he has mainly written critiques of leftists and anarcho-leftists such as Ward Churchill, Fred Woodworth, Chaz Bufe, Murray Bookchin, the Platformists and AK Press.


  1. ^ Feeney, Mary K. (November 22, 2001). "Voices You May Not Want to Hear".  
  2. ^ "Embattled prof files complaint against himself".  

External links

  • magazine's official website.Anarchy
  • North American Anarchist Thought Since 1960
  • Institute for Anarchist Studies: Post-Left Anarchy: Leaving the Left Behind
  • "The Life and times of Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed: 25 years of critical anarchist publishing" by Jason McQuinn

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