Transcript: Allan Antliff on his book Only a Beginning | Jan 29, 2005

Allan Antliff appears on screen standing in front of a podium giving a speech. Allan is in his forties has short, side-parted, brown hair, wears glasses, is clean-shaven, and wears a blue jean shirt with a black vest.

Allan Antliff says NOW, THE
ANTHOLOGY THAT I'VE PUT
TOGETHER IS ONE THAT AROSE OUT
OF MY OWN KNOWLEDGE THAT THERE
REALLY WAS NO HISTORY OF THE
ANARCHIST MOVEMENT IN CANADA,
PARTICULARLY IN RECENT YEARS
AND THE ANTHOLOGY COVERS
ANARCHISM IN CANADA FROM 1976
TO THE PRESENT.

To the right, a banner with the book cover appears on screen. The cover features a black and white photo of men and women rioting with a title that reads "Only A Beginning." The A is represented the symbol for Anarchy. Below the cover, a caption reads "Voft Bookstore."

Allan Antliff continues AND TODAY'S TALK FOCUSES ON THE
JOURNAL THAT REALLY,
UM...RENEWED ANARCHISM IN
CANADA.

A caption reads "Allan Antliff, Author, ‘Only a Beginning: An Anarchist Anthology.’"

The caption changes to "U of T Bookstore Reading Series, Nov 12, 2004."

Allan Antliff continues A VANCOUVER-
BASED JOURNAL CALLED
OPEN
ROAD, WHICH WAS FOUNDED IN
1976 AND WHEN I WAS PONDERING
PUTTING TOGETHER A COLLECTION
OF, OF ESSAYS, PHOTOGRAPHS
DOCUMENTING ANARCHIST ACTIONS,
CONTACTING PEOPLE TO TALK ABOUT
THE VARIOUS--WELL, FREE
SCHOOLS, ETCETERA THAT THEY'D,
THEY'D INITIATED, UM, I DECIDED
TO START, YOU KNOW, START WITH
THAT DATE, 1976, BECAUSE
OPEN ROAD
WAS SUCH AN
IMPORTANT JOURNAL.
SO, TODAY I'M
GOING TO BE GIVING YOU A LITTLE
SENSE OF WHY IT WAS IMPORTANT
AND WHAT IT--THE SENSE IN WHICH
IT RENEWED ANARCHISM, PUT IT ON
A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT FOOTING,
UM, THAN CLASSICAL ANARCHISM.
SO HERE WE HAVE THE COVER OF
THE FIRST ISSUE OF
OPEN
ROAD.

The cover appears on screen with a title that reads "Open Road." The cover features a comic strip depiction of the justice league with captions.

Allan Antliff describes it and says IN THE SUMMER OF 1976, A NEW
JOURNAL WAS LAUNCHED FROM
VANCOUVER THAT CAPTURED THE
ATTENTION OF RADICALS ACROSS
NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE AND
BEYOND.
THE COVER LIFTED PANELS FROM AN
ISSUE OF "JUSTICE LEAGUE OF
AMERICA" COMICS--I REMEMBER
READING THAT--IN WHICH THREE
SUPERHEROES BATTLE THE ARCH
VILLAIN, ANARCHIST.
SEEMINGLY, ANARCHIST KIDNAPS
POLITICAL LEADERS SIMPLY TO
FORMANT CHAOS, BUT SUPERMAN IS
SUSPICIOUS.
HE WANTS TO LEARN MORE AND SO
WE TURN THE PAGE.
AND THERE, READERS OF
OPEN
ROAD WERE GREETED BY A
POLITICAL GENEALOGY.
THEY LEARNED THAT OPEN
ROAD'S TITLE WAS INSPIRED
BY EMMA GOLDMAN, WHO FIRST
CONSIDERED IT FOR HER OWN
PUBLICATION 70 YEARS EARLIER.

A black and white photograph of Emma Goldman appears on screen with a title that reads "Emma Goldman names her magazine." Emma is in her thirties has short, side-parted, brown curly hair, wears glasses, and a white shirt with a dark tie.

Allan Antliff continues GOLDMAN HAD WALT WHITMAN'S
POETIC EULOGY TO FREEDOM
SONG OF THE OPEN ROAD
IN MIND.
THE POEM, REPRODUCED IN FULL,
CELEBRATES THE COMRADESHIP OF
THOSE WHO STRUGGLE AGAINST WAR,
POVERTY, REACTIONARY RELIGIONS,
THE LAW, THE TYRANNY OF WORK,
AND NATIONALISM, GIVING ALL
THAT THEY HAVE AND EXPECTING
LITTLE IN RETURN.
AND ON THE BACK COVER,
COMRADESHIP.

Another cover features a sepia photograph of men and women from the 70s smiling and hugging.

Allan Antliff continues CELEBRATING PROTESTORS ARE
ECHOED BY BOB DYLAN'S LYRIC,
"AND IN THE END, THEY WON THE
WAR" FROM THE SONG "IDIOT
WIND."
THIS PLAY OF IMAGES IN OPEN
ROAD BROKE WITH DRY
ARGUMENTATION, BRINGING PAST
AND PRESENT TOGETHER IN THE
NAME OF SHARED IDEALS AND THESE
IDEALS FOUND THEIR TOUCHSTONE
ON PAGE THREE WHERE THE EDITORS
OUTLINED WHO THEY WERE AND WHAT
THEY HOPED TO ACHIEVE.
OPEN ROAD,
THE READERS
WERE TOLD, IS A REVOLUTIONARY
PUBLICATION DEDICATED TO THE
IDEA, SOCIAL JUSTICE, HUMAN
SOLIDARITY AND FREEDOM, WHICH
HAS INSPIRED ALL POPULAR
STRUGGLES AGAINST OPPRESSION
AND THE STATE THROUGHOUT
HISTORY.
IT HAS GROWN OUT OF THE
POSITIVE EXPERIENCES OF THE
LAST DECADE, WHICH HAS SEEN
VARIOUS ORGANIZING EFFORTS AND
CLASS AND SOCIAL STRUGGLES IN
VANCOUVER AND THE WORLD TAKE ON
AN IMPLICITLY
ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN CHARACTER.
OPEN ROAD
INTENDS TO
GIVE VOICE TO THESE EMERGENT
ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN TENDENCIES.
AND THE STATEMENT WAS
ILLUSTRATED WITH A PHOTO
CAPTIONED "THE ROAD TO FREEDOM
IS PAVED WITH STRUGGLE,"
BARRICADES IN THE STREETS
OF PARIS, MAY 1968, AND
THIS IS WHERE THE '60S AND THE
'70S MEET AND SHAKE HANDS.

A black and white photograph appears on screen with cars acting as barricades lying on their sides on Parisian streets.

Allan Antliff continues THE
OPEN ROAD
SHOWS THE
FRENCH UPRISING IN 1968 BECAUSE
IT WAS REGARDED AS THE TURNING
POINT WHEN REVOLUTIONARY ANTI-
AUTHORITARIANISM RENEWED ITSELF
AS A FORCE IN WORLD POLITICS.
THAT THESIS WAS MOST FAMOUSLY
STATED BY DANIEL AND GABRIEL
COHN-BENDIT IN
OBSOLETE
COMMUNISM: THE LEFT WING
ALTERNATIVE PUBLISHED IN
THE FALL OF 1968.
"THE NEAR REVOLUTION IN
FRANCE," THEY WROTE, "HAD BEEN
DRIVEN BY STUDENT ACTION
COMMITTEES AND WORKERS FACTORY
COMMITTEES, FORMS OF DIRECT
DEMOCRACY THAT WERE ANATHEMA TO
THE TOP DOWN POWER OF THE STATE
IN COMMUNIST POLITICAL PARTIES.
FURTHERMORE, THE UPRISING HAD
BEEN ENACTED IN THE NAME OF
PERSONAL LIBERTY, THE INNOCENCE
OF DESIRE, CREATIVITY, PLAY AND
HAPPINESS, NOT GRIM, SOVIET-
STYLE SOCIALISM.
THE WAY TO
MAKE REVOLUTION," THE AUTHORS
CONCLUDED, "WAS TO ABOLISH THE
STATE AND UNLEASH PEOPLE'S
DESIRES."
AND THIS WAS THE PLATFORM
ADOPTED BY
OPEN ROAD.
THE FRENCH
FOUGHT FOR SELF-GOVERNANCE, JOY
AND LIBERTY, BUT THEIR UPRISING
HAD FAILED FOR LACK OF
RECOGNITION THAT THE STATE AND
LEFTIST POLITICAL PARTIES STOOD
IN THE WAY.
AN ANARCHIST MOVEMENT WOULD
BUILD THIS AWARENESS.
THERE WERE OTHER '60S CURRENTS
OPEN ROAD
ALSO EMBRACED
AND DEVELOPED.
IN A RETROSPECTIVE ARTICLE
COMMEMORATING 1968, THE SPIRIT
OF INSURRECTION UNFOLDS
RHYTHMICALLY FROM BLACK FLAGS
IN FRANCE TO YIPPEE PROTESTS IN
CHICAGO.
PARIS GRAFFITI AND ABBY HOFFMAN
GO TOGETHER.
"IT IS FORBIDDEN TO FORBID,"
SAY THE PARISIANS AND HOFFMAN
REPLIES, "NO RULES.
SPEECHES WON'T DO.
LEADERS ARE FULL OF SHIT.
PULL OFF YOUR CLOTHES.
MAKE LOVE NOT WAR.
PUNCH A MARSHALL.
JUMP A WALL.
DO A DANCE, SING A SONG, PAINT
THE BUILDING AND BLOW IT UP,
CHARGE AND GET INSIDE."
THE ARTICLE'S THEME WAS MYTH
BUILDING AS AN INSURRECTIONARY
STRATEGY DRAWING ON THE
ANALYSIS OF THE YIPPEES.
THE EDITORS ARGUED, "A MYTH IS
A FANTASY THAT'S ACCEPTED AS
REALITY BECAUSE IT SPEAKS TO
THE DESIRES THAT PEOPLE SHARE."
THUS, IN AUGUST 1968, THE
CONFRONTATION BETWEEN U.S.
AUTHORITIES AND YIPPEES DURING
THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY
CONVENTION IN CHICAGO RESULTED
IN A MEDIA-DRIVEN FANTASY THAT
INSURRECTION WAS IMMINENT RIGHT
ACROSS THE U.S.A.

Black and white photographs of the yippees appear on screen including a man and a woman holding up an American flag with a piece sign spray painted on it.

Allan Antliff continues THIS PERCEPTION WAS FED BY THE
YIPPEES WHO NOMINATED A PIG FOR
PRESIDENT TO FACE THE FLAG AND
CELEBRATED THEFT, SEX, COMMUNAL
LIVING AND REVOLUTIONARY
VIOLENCE.
POLITICAL PRANKS MIXED WITH
HEDONISTIC GESTURES THAT
REFUSED ALL LIMITS.
BUT IN THE END THEIR STRATEGY
FAILED BECAUSE THE YIPPEES
OFFERED NOTHING BEYOND THIS
SPECTACLE.
MASSES OF PEOPLE WHO IDENTIFIED
WITH THEIR REVOLT DISCOVERED
THERE WAS NO REAL MOVEMENT TO
CONNECT WITH, ONLY THE
SEMBLANCE OF ONE.
THE EDITORS OF
OPEN
ROAD ARGUED THAT THE
YIPPEES WERE, IN A SENSE,
RIGHT.
A EUPHORIC COOPERATIVE SOCIETY
WAS POSSIBLE IN THE HERE AND
NOW.
HOWEVER, CREATIVE DIRECT ACTION
HAD TO BE COMBINED WITH SOLID
DAY-TO-DAY ORGANIZING TO
CHALLENGE THE POWER OF
AUTHORITY.

A cover from the Open Road appears on screen with a man in his thirties with short brown hair, sunglasses, and a beard, holding a cartoonish pie appears on screen.

Allan Antliff continues NOW A PIE THROWING CAMPAIGN MAY
SEEM AS FAR FROM SOLID DAY-TO-
DAY ORGANIZING AS YOU CAN GET,
BUT NONETHELESS, THERE WERE
SERIOUS DELIBERATIONS INVOLVED.
OPEN ROAD
ANNOUNCED
THIS CAMPAIGN IN FALL 1977.
THEY LIFTED A PHOTO OF A
PROTESTOR THROWING TEAR GAS
FROM JERRY RUBEN'S YIPPEE
PUBLICATION
WE ARE
EVERYWHERE AND REPLACED IT
WITH A PIE.
INSIDE, A FEATURE ARTICLE
ANNOUNCED AN INTERNATIONAL WEEK
OF PIE-ING, WHICH WOULD
COMMENCE ON NOVEMBER 4TH.
AND THE NEXT ISSUE REPORTED ON
PIE THROWING FESTIVITIES ACROSS
CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES
AND, OF COURSE, VANCOUVER
FITTINGLY TAKES THE PENNANT FOR
PIE-ING THREE LUMINARIES IN
QUICK SUCCESSION.
FIRST, THE JUDGE THAT
EXTRADITED AMERICAN INDIAN
MOVEMENT MILITANT, LEONARD
PELTIER, GOT CREAMED AND THEN
JOE CLARK APPARENTLY CAME OFF A
PLANE AND SAID, "I'D LIKE TO
GET PIED TOO" AND SOMEONE DID.
(Laughing)

Allan Antliff continues AND FINALLY
B.C.'S PARSIMONIOUS MINISTER OF
WELFARE, BILL VAN DER ZALM, MET
HIS PIE MAKER.

A photo of Bill Van Der Zalm appears on screen with Bill wiping whipped cream off his face and a caption that reads "Let them eat pie."

Allan Antliff says PIE-ING WAS THE PERFECT
SYNTHESIS OF PRANK, PROTEST AND
ANTI-STATE-ISM.
IT BROUGHT THE POLITICIANS DOWN
A NOTCH WHILE DRAWING ATTENTION
TO THEIR ROLES IN A SYSTEM THE
ANARCHISTS SOUGHT TO OVERTHROW.
OPEN ROAD
CARRIED THE
SAME ICONOCLASTIC ATTITUDE INTO
ITS CRITIQUE OF WORK.
PEOPLE WERE ENCOURAGED TO PLAY
THEIR WAY OUT OF WORK, OR
BETTER YET, REVOLT AGAINST IT
BY MESSING UP THE GEARS.
IN AN ARTICLE ENTITLED,
"LOAFING AT THE POINT OF
PRODUCTION," THE JOURNAL
PRAISED WORKPLACE THEFT,
ABSENTEEISM, ON THE JOB DRUG
USE, SLACKING OFF AND SABOTAGE.
ANY MEANS OF TAKING CONTROL OF
ONE'S LIFE WAS A GOOD FIRST
STEP TOWARDS WORK'S ABOLITION.
IN SUM,
OPEN ROAD
WANTED TO LIBERATE EVERYDAY
LIFE, BUT IT WASN'T ALL FUN AND
FROLICS.
THE COLLECTIVE ALSO MOUNTED
CAMPAIGNS WITH THE COMMUNITY IN
MIND.
ONE SUCH EFFORT INVOLVED
GALVANIZING 50 ORGANIZATIONS TO
TAKE DIRECT ACTION AGAINST A
NEW ANTI-POSTER LAW IN
VANCOUVER.
THE PROTESTORS PLASTERED
STREETS WITH A FLYER DECLARING,
"THIS POSTER HAS THE RIGHT TO
BE HERE."
AND THEY POSTERED CITY COUNCIL
CHAMBERS AS WELL TO GET THEIR
POINT ACROSS.
THEY EVEN ENTERED THE GUINNESS
BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS.
MEDIA WERE INVITED TO DOCUMENT
150 PEOPLE PASTING THE WORLD'S
LARGEST POSTER OVER 1500 FEET
LONG AROUND CITY HALL.
WHEN THE
AUTHORITIES OBJECTED, THE
PROTESTORS DEFENDED THEIR
ACTION IN THE NAME OF
ACCESSIBLE COMMUNICATION FOR
THE MASSES AND CONTRASTED THE
FREEDOM TO POSTER, POSTER WITH
THE INACCESSIBILITY OF THE
CAPITALIST MEDIA.
FACED WITH
THE CONTEMPT OF THE PROTESTORS
AND AN ENTRENCHING CRITIQUE TO
GO WITH IT, THE CITY
ADMINISTRATION RELENTED AND
POSTERING WON THE DAY.
SUCH CAMPAIGNS WERE MODEST IN
SCOPE AND GOALS, BUT
POLITICALLY, THEY WERE
AMBITIOUS BECAUSE WHAT THEY
ENCOURAGED WAS PEOPLE STEPPING
OUTSIDE THE LAW AND ACCEPTING
THE IDEA THAT DOING SO WAS A
VIABLE MEANS OF AFFECTING
SOCIAL CHANGE.
THE EXTRA PARLIAMENTARY ETHOS
OF ANARCHISM, IN OTHER WORDS,
WAS COMING INTO FOCUS AND BEING
TURNED INTO A LIVED REALITY.
AND AT THIS JUNCTURE, FIVE
VANCOUVER-BASED ANARCHISTS
DECIDED TO ESCALATE THE
STRUGGLE.
THEY FORMED AN UNDERGROUND
GUERRILLA GROUP CALLED "DIRECT
ACTION."
THEIR FIRST MOVE WAS TO BOMB A
NEWLY CONSTRUCTED HYDRO
ELECTRICAL SUBSTATION THAT
THREATENED TO OPEN UP NORTH
VANCOUVER ISLAND TO
DEVELOPMENT.
THE NEXT TARGET WAS A PLANT IN
TORONTO THAT PRODUCED CRUISE
MISSILE GUIDANCE SYSTEMS FOR
THE U.S. MILITARY.
AND THE ACTION DID NOT UNFOLD
IN A VACUUM.
AT THAT TIME, PEOPLE ACROSS
CANADA WERE PROTESTING AGAINST
CRUISE MISSILE DEPLOYMENT AND
THE PRODUCTION AND TESTING OF
THESE WEAPONS IN CANADA.
BACK IN VANCOUVER, MEMBERS OF
"DIRECT ACTION" ALSO BEGAN
WORKING WITH A SECOND GUERRILLA
GROUP CALLED "THE WOMEN'S FIRE
BRIGADE."
THEIR TARGET WAS A CHAIN OF
VIDEO STORES THAT WERE
MARKETING VERY VIOLENT
PORNOGRAPHY AND THEY FIREBOMBED
SEVERAL OF THESE STORES.
MORE CAMPAIGNS WERE IN
PREPARATION, BUT MATTERS CAME
TO AN ABRUPT END IN JANUARY
1983 WHEN THE "DIRECT ACTION."
GROUP WAS ARRESTED.
SO HOW DID
OPEN ROAD
REACT?
THE JOURNAL RESPONDED WITH A
SPECIAL ISSUE ON THE THEME OF
DIRECT ACTION.

The cover appears on screen and features a title that reads "Trial by Media: free the five, Open Road," with a hand spray painting the words "direct action."

Allan Antliff says SO THEY REACTED IN AN
EDUCATIONAL WAY.
AND THE DISCUSSIONS IN THIS
ISSUE COVER NOT ONLY THESE VERY
DRAMATIC BOMBINGS, BUT ALSO
BLOCKADES, SABOTAGE, STRIKES,
SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS A MARCH
THAT ISN'T SANCTIONED,
OCCUPATIONS LIKE THIS HOUSING
TAKEOVER AND MUTUAL AID
ORGANIZATIONS, THE FORMATION OF
CO-OPS, AFFINITY GROUPS AND THE
DECENTRALIZED FEDERATIONS THAT
SUSTAIN SUCH EFFORTS.
OPEN ROAD'S
ARGUMENT
WAS THAT "DIRECT ACTION" HAD A
CONSTRUCTIVE SIDE BECAUSE IT
DID NOT ATTEMPT TO REFORM OR
INFLUENCE THE POWER OF THE
STATE.
RATHER, "DIRECT ACTION."
UNDERMINED THE POWER OF THE
STATE BY DEMONSTRATING THAT
THIS POWER WAS, MORE OFTEN THAN
NOT, AN IMPEDIMENT TO REAL
DEMOCRACY AND HARMFUL TO THE
WELL-BEING OF SOCIETY.
WHAT SORT OF GOVERNMENT WOULD
SUPPORT CRUISE MISSILE TESTING?

A poster features a black and white depiction of a globe with North America and Europe and a title that read "Free the Five, Protect the Earth."

Allan Antliff continues THE STRUGGLE OF THE "DIRECT
ACTION" GROUP WAS JUST AND
OPEN ROAD
RESOLVED TO
DEFEND IT COME WHAT MAY.
AND TO
UNDERLINE THEIR SOLIDARITY,
THEY REPRINTED A STATEMENT FROM
"DIRECT ACTION," WHICH
CONCLUDES, AND I QUOTE, "THE
FUNDAMENTAL ORIENTATIONS OF
ANARCHISM, FEMINISM AND
ENVIRONMENTALISM ARE EQUALLY
ESSENTIAL IN THE QUEST FOR A
LIBERATED SOCIETY AND IT IS
TIME THAT WE AWAKEN OUR SPIRIT
AND FREE OUR MINDS FROM THEIR
SHACKLES SO THAT WE WILL BE
CAPABLE OF THE WONDERFUL TASK
OF BUILDING A STRONG, MILITANT
RESISTANCE MOVEMENT TO FREE THE
PEOPLE AND TO PROTECT THE
EARTH."
AND, INDEED,
BY THE EARLY 1980S, ANARCHISM,
FEMINISM AND ENVIRONMENTALISM
HAD BECOME INTERMESHED TO SUCH
A DEGREE THAT MANY--FOR MANY
RADICALS, THEY WERE
INDISTINGUISHABLE.
DURING THE 1960S, A WAVE OF
RADICAL FEMINISTS HAD DEVELOPED
NON-HIERARCHICAL MODES OF
ORGANIZING, A COMPLEX ANALYSIS
OF GENDER REPRESSION AND A
COMMITMENT OF ANTI-WAR AND
ANTI-CAPITALIST STRUGGLES.
THE COMPATIBILITY OF THESE
IDEALS WITH ANARCHISM MADE IT
THE LOGICAL CHOICE FOR THOSE
WHO REMAINED SERIOUS ABOUT
SOCIAL REVOLUTION IN THE 1970S,
WHEN MANY FEMINISTS TURNED
REFORMIST IN THEIR QUEST TO
INTEGRATE INTO THE MAINSTREAM.
AND THE IMPORTANCE OF FEMINISM,
REALLY ITS EMERGING CENTRALITY,
IS REFLECTED IN
OPEN
ROAD, WHERE THE '60S LEGACY
OF MILITANTS WAS ACKNOWLEDGED
AND CELEBRATED.

An article features a woman holding in her twenties with long brown hair in braids and a title that reads "Feminism: The Anarchist Impulse Comes Alive."

Allan Antliff says INDEED, FEMINISM DEEPENED
OPEN ROAD'S
CRITIQUE OF
OPPRESSION.
FEMINIST ANARCHISTS BROUGHT
ATTENTION TO INJUSTICES BEYOND
CLASS AND THIS WAS REFLECTED IN
THE PAGES OF
OPEN ROAD
WHERE SEXISM, PATRIARCHY, RAPE
AND PROSTITUTION WERE ALL
SUBJECT TO HEATED DEBATE.
OPEN ROAD
WAS ALSO AN
IMPORTANT FORUM FOR SOME OF THE
DEBATES THEN RADICALIZING THE
ECOLOGY MOVEMENT.

A cover of Open Road features the headline "Peddling Anarchy" with a woman in her twenties wearing a black wide-brim hat and a trench coat riding a bike.

Allan Antliff continues THE "BIKESHEVIKS" ISSUE OF
1980, FOR EXAMPLE, FEATURED
ARTICLES ON THE ANTI-CAR
MOVEMENT, PROTESTS AGAINST
NUCLEAR POWER IN GERMANY AND
MURRAY
ANARCHIST PROGRAM FOR
DECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENT AND AN
ECOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABLE
ECONOMY.
PERHAPS
OPEN ROAD'S
MOST SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION
TO RADICALISM IN CANADA,
HOWEVER, WAS TO BUILD
SOLIDARITY, WORKING SOLIDARITY
BETWEEN INDIGENOUS AND NON-
INDIGENOUS RADICALS ON AN
ANARCHIST PLATFORM.

A cover features Native Americans standing hand in hand in a black and white photograph, standing in front of a forest.

Allan Antliff continues FROM THE FIRST ISSUE TO THE
LAST, THE EDITORS OF
OPEN
ROAD SUPPORTED INDIGENOUS
TRADITIONALISTS WHOSE DEFENCE
OF NATIVE SOVEREIGNTY WAS BOUND
UP WITH THE DEFENCE OF THE
EARTH FROM RAPTUROUS
INDUSTRIALISM.
WHEN THE EDITORS FINALLY CALLED
IT A DAY IN 1990, "OKAY, WE'RE
LEAVING.
WE'VE HAD ENOUGH," THE BERLIN
WALL HAD FALLEN AND THE
AUTHORITARIAN LEFTISM ON WHICH
OPEN ROAD
WAS FOUNDED
TO STRUGGLE AGAINST, WAS IN
STEEP DECLINE.
AND SINCE
1990, THOUSANDS OF RADICALS
HAVE COME TO CALL THEMSELVES
ANARCHISTS.
INDEED, ANARCHIST CRITIQUES OF
CAPITALISM AND THE ROLE OF THE
STATE ARE NOW AN INTEGRAL
FEATURE OF THE ANTI-
GLOBALIZATION MOVEMENT.
ANARCHISM.
YOU THINK IT'S THE END, BUT
IT'S JUST THE BEGINNING.

A cover features a pink background with a black circle in the middle and a large yellow letter A in the center of the black circle with a caption below that reads "You think it’s the end… but it’s just the beginning."

Allan Antliff says THANK YOU.

(Applause)

The clip ends.

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