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After Nestor: Karl Marx as Friend and Foe

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Reflecting on the death of Karl Marx, Tucker proclaims his high regard for Marx-as-Egalitarian…and his disgust for Marx-as-Authoritarian.

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After Nestor: Immigrants Love Liberty

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Tucker blasts notions that immigrants come bearing crime and socialism, argues for atheism, and heaps praise on Auberon Herbert.

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After Nestor: The Pittsburgh Forge-Master

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Reacting to the deadly fiasco at Homestead, Pennsylvania, Tucker renews his alliance with labor in the face of industrialized corporate-capitalism.

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After Nestor: The Chicago Martyrs

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Despite his initial reactions, Tucker settles in to sympathize with the “martyrs” convicted of and executed for the Haymarket Square bombing.

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After Nestor: The Mother of Violence

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

After surveying a string of possible arsons (by communists, for insurance fraud) and the Haymarket Square bombing, Tucker advises against all violence.

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After Nestor: Fetishizing Ballots & Bombs

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Tucker advised anarchists to stay away from both ballot boxes and cartridge boxes. Using force only ever causes more trouble and weakens liberty.

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After Nestor: Making Anarchy Happen

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

From withdrawing every sort of tax revenue to trans-Atlantic reform associations, Tucker argues that ‘passive resistance’ can kill the state.

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The Lamb’s War: A Lamb’s Armor

by James Nayler in 1657

Despite two decades (and more) of conservative suppression, radical Quakerism lived on over the ages thanks to pamphlets like Nayler’s.

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After Nestor: Picketing Henry George

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

In a brief flurry of choice editorials, Tucker returns again to “picket duty,” addressing some of the many differences between himself and contemporary Henry George.

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After Nestor: Liberty as the Great Equalizer

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

For Tucker, Liberty was The Great Abolitionist, smasher of profit, rent, monopoly, and any other social contrivance separating labor from its fruits.

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Poor Man’s Pudding/Rich Man’s Crumbs

by Herman Melville in 1854

With a taste of actual poverty and a whiff of fake charity, Melville leaves us doubting whether our personal ethics have much improved.

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The Tartarus of Maids

by Herman Melville April 1855

Melville suggests that unless the modernizing, industrializing world retained its humanistic sensibilities, we’ll create our own Hells.