A British anarchist tradition : Herbert Read, Alex Comfort by Comfort, Alex; Read, Herbert; Ward, Colin; Honeywell,

By Comfort, Alex; Read, Herbert; Ward, Colin; Honeywell, Carissa; Read, Herbert; Ward, Colin; Comfort, Alex

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21. W. H. Greenleaf, The British Political Tradition Volume II. The Ideological Heritage (London and New York: Methuen, 1983), p. 415. 22. Greenleaf, The British Political Tradition Volume II, p. 3. 23. Greenleaf, The British Political Tradition Volume II, p. 464. 24. Greenleaf, The British Political Tradition Volume II, pp. 350–1. 25. 4, 1886), quoted in Colin Ward, Social Policy. An Anarchist Response (London: Freedom Press, 2000, first published London School of Economics, 1996), pp. 10–11. 26.

While World War One nurtured his anarchism, the Spanish Civil War prompted him to publicly declare in favour of it and to become associated with anarchist groups and the Freedom Press. He recognized the unfashionable and eccentric mainstream image of anarchism in Britain but sought to emphasize its urgent applicability. For Read, only anarchism, with its concern for the libertarian values of the socialist tradition, for diversity and individuality, and its challenge to authority, could respond to twentieth-century dangers of war and state totalitarianism.

Read added to these perspectives a psychological defence of the developmental importance of inner unconscious impulses and self-awareness to the mental health of the individual and his social role. Read contributed to the anarchist tradition of thinking about individual freedom a link between liberty, selfdevelopment and personality, and a parallel link between power, individual anxiety and psychosis. For Read art was a concrete agent of political freedom, not through its subject matter but through an anarchist celebration of natural order and individual judgement that radicalized his view of the aesthetic appreciation of form.

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