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“VOTE – WHAT FOR?” an anarchist missive from the MAN! Group (1950s)

man-vol1-no1What follows is a transcription of a pamphlet probably written by S.E. Parker, and published by the MAN! Group. Because it found its way into the UoE library in the last week before the United States Presidential election, we decided to post it right away. This will probably be the most timely post we’ve made so far!

MAN! Journal was a revival of a journal by the same name, and S.E. Parker edited the first three issues. The first issue was published in 1955, the same year as a United Kingdom general election. If Sid did not write the text, then he certainly was responsible for publishing it, and using it to promote the new publication.

In a 1993 interview, Sid gave some background on the Journal and his involvement:

“What it was was an attempt to revive an American publication which had existed in the 1930’s edited by a man called Marcus Graham, whose real name was Shah Marcus. He was somebody who still had a deportation order over his head from the 1930’s but they couldn’t deport him because he refused to tell them which country he was born in, so they didn’t know where to send him. He got very paranoid as a result of this thing hanging over his head and wouldn’t come out into the open; but I had written to him and he asked me if I could revive the paper over here, which I did, and edited three issues. It came out every month. When I got involved with pacifism I decided that Marcus Graham’s brand of apocalyptic “up the masses” anarchism wasn’t compatible with what I was talking about and I handed it over to Arthur Uloth who edited a further three issues. There were other people involved in this, a group of people including Leah Feldman and Jim Peake.”


VOTE – WHAT FOR?

mangroupvotepamphletWe who issue this leaflet are believers in liberty. To us liberty is not a political catch-phrase, something with which to deceive people into putting us into power; to us it is a way of living, a concrete thing without which our lives would be the lives of slaves.
A free man is one who is not dominated by his fellows, one who controls his own life and owes no allegiance to any authority external to himself. In a word, a free man is one who wishes neither to govern nor to be governed. Government is coercion, invasion, an institution which by force and fraud maintains the domination of a privileged and exploiting class. Government and liberty are opposites; where government exists there can be no real freedom.
Look at the world today after thousands of years of government.
Organised mass murder called “war”—conquest and plundering of nations called “liberation”—conscription and regimentation of human beings called “patriotism”economic exploitation and poverty called “free enterprise,” “nationalisation” or “socialism”—the twisting and thwarting of natural human desires called “morality” and “christianity”—these are the warp and woof of present-day society. What happiness and dignity we. enjoy is obtained, not because of the world we live in, but in spite of it.
These things exist because a small group of politicians, militarists, bankers, industrialists and landowners, controlling the means of life, is able to compel people into submission, to buy their minds and bodies, and hire them to kill and imprison each other. These things exist because people are trained from early childhood to obey authority, are made servile by the dog-eat-dog struggle for existence; because people cling to ancient myths of religion, patriotism, law, race and property, and let hirelings of the ruling group do their thinking for them.
Government cannot bring an end to these evils because it is a product of them, of the class-divisions and the antagonisms between man and man which disfigure and debase our lives today.
To vote for a government is to vote for a continuation of this world of fear, insecurity and poverty.
To vote for a government is to authorise a group of men to decide your lives for you; is to say that you are not capable of controlling your own lives; that you are prepared to go on living in a society of wage slavery and exploitation, a society in which some live at the expense of others.
To vote for a government is to sanction your subjection to the tyranny of authority. By voting you strangle your will and initiative in the noose of politics. No government, be it conservative, liberal, labour or communist, can make man free. All, that government can do is to keep the people in subjection to the evils of power and privilege.
To vote for a government is not to have a voice in the running of your affairs, it is merely to have a voice in choosing your masters, to become a slave to men in power.

Therefore :—
REFUSE TO VOTE !
Instead :—

Join with us as workers, as consumers, as victims of war, conscription and race hatred; above all, as HUMAN BEINGS, in order to create a world of free men and, women; a world in which the domination and exploitation of man by man has been ended, and injustice and wrong have no soil in which to grow, since their causes, the institutions of property and government, have been abolished.
Without property in the means of production, all individuals would be economically equal. This means production for use instead of profit, and free access for all to the means of life.
Without government all would he free; that is each individual would have complete sovereignty over himself, and would be able to co-operate freely with others for the satisfaction of common needs.
Without the coercion of law, without the authority of man over man, each individual would be able to develope his life in a complete and creative manner, his liberty to do so being guaranteed by the liberty of all.
We who issue this pamphlet are anarchists, believers in liberty. We say to you Refuse to give your power to politicians, assert your own will and learn that only by your own direct action can liberty and justice be realised amongst men.

REFUSE TO VOTE
GOVERNMENT IS FOR SLAVES, FREE MEN GOVERN THEMSELVES !
LONG LIVE ANARCHY !

Issued by the MAN! GROUP (London) c/o L. Feldman, 56,
Lordship Park, London, N.16.

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“A Note On Ernst Jünger’s Eumeswil” by Sid Parker

The following is excerpted from Non Serviam (1992), issue no. 22.:


A note on Ernst Jünger’s Eumeswil

By Sid Parker

Ernst Jünger (1895-1998) was one of the most controversial figures in twentieth-century Germany.

At eighteen he ran away from home and joined the Foreign Legion.

Brought back by his father, at nineteen he became an infantry officer at the outbreak of the first World War. He was wounded several times and was awarded Pour le Mérite, Germany’s highest medal for bravery.

After the war ended he wrote several books about his battle experiences in which he glorified the warrior as the new elite.

He became a “conservative revolutionary,” was active in the nationalist movement and was invited by Adolf Hitler (who greatly admired his war books) to join the National Socialists. Jünger refused.

When the National Socialists came to power he withdrew from politics, maintaining a detached attitude as an “internal emigrant.”

In 1939 he wrote his perhaps most famous work On Marble Cliffs, an allegorical story of the triumph of barbarism. It became a bestseller before the National Socialists, much alarmed, suppressed it. Jünger, however, remained unharmed due, it is said, to Hitler’s explicit instructions.

The second World War saw him back in the army with the rank of captain. He took part in the invasion of France, won another Iron Cross and spent most of his time as a staff officer in occupied Paris. Here he met many of the literary figures of the time.

Although he took no part in the plot to kill Hitler in 1944, he was on friendly terms with some of the conspirators. For this he was dismissed from the army.

When Germany fell to the victorious Allies he was regarded with suspicion by the British occupying powers and his books were banned. Undeterred he continued to write and refused to appear before a de-Nazification tribunal on the grounds that he had never been a Nazi.

Once the ban on the publication of his works was lifted, he produced a steady stream of novels, essays and journals.

By now he had evolved far beyond his erstwhile political militancy, becoming more and more content to be an observer.

At eighty-five he wrote one of his last major works: Eumeswil. Although described as a novel it is difficult to fit into this category.

It is set in an unspecified future. Nations have disappeared, giving way to world government. This in turn has collapsed and been replaced by empires and city state.

Eumeswil is one of the city states and is ruled by a benevolent tyrant called the Condor. Its narrator is a young historian named Martin Venator who is also night steward at the tyrant’s citadel, the Casbah. Here he records the observations of the tyrant and his entourage and develops them into reflections upon power and history.

Venator embodies Jünger’s concept of “the anarch”, whom he carefully differentiated from “the anarchist.” The anarch is a self-owner, who is liberated from all ideologies, and intent on protecting himself from their blandishments.

Throughout the book there are echoes, varying in strength, of Max Stirner’s The Ego and His Own, together with some sometimes puzzling attempts by the author to distinguish his views from those of Stirner. “Puzzling” because these take the form of criticisms he does not clarify.

Several pages of Eumeswil are devoted to Stirner himself, and here Jünger displays a rather curious ambivalence. He writes, for example, that Stirner’s life “was banal … misspent in profession and business, a failed marriage, debts, a regular tavern table with the standard blabber preceding the German revolution, a high-level philistine – the usual stuff.”

Yet he remarked about Marx and Engels labelling him “Saint Max” “all derision contains a speck of truth … the characteristic feature of great saints – of whom there are very few – is that they get to the very heart of the matter. The most obvious things are concealed in human beings, nothing is harder to evince than what is self-evident, Once it is uncovered or rediscovered it develops explosive strength. Saint Anthony recognized the power of the solitary man, Saint Francis the power of the poor man, Stirner that of the man alone. At bottom everyone is ‘solitary’, ‘poor’ and ‘alone’ in the world.”

And: “the discoverer has his delights – what had touched me so deeply?”

As a work of art, as a philosophical meditation, as a reaction to the “explosive power” of The Ego and His Own, Eumeswil is well worth reading.

S.E. Parker

 

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New PDFs, final “journals” design propagating …

The largest task at hand is getting the mountain of information I already have online in a logical way that’s pleasant to look at. There are a ton of great resources, but they often designed in a way that is incredibly annoying to try to read, or don’t make any sense.

There is also a transitionary stage where I’ve put information is online, but in an ugly way, just to get it there. I had, at one point, a disclaimer that the website was “under construction”, but my wise co-editor Trevor Blake suggested “everyone should understand that the internet is a work in progress”.

This transitional design is currently evident on The Storm! (1976) page, where I’ve just published two PDFs. The listing for the first two individual issues are in our “final style”, but the rest of the page is a bit of a wreck. Slowly but surely it is all being fixed and updated.

Also, Apio Ludd just got a small page of his own under the “others” section. Though he is alive, he’s as well photographed as Ragnar Redbeard, it seems.

Here are the recent PDFs:

The Storm | Issue 1 | April, 1976 | PDF
This individualist anarchist/egoist journal comes thirteen years after Sidney Parker‘s Minus One (1963), and a year before Michael Coughlin begins publishing The Dandelion (1977). This issue was scanned from a LMP microfiche.

The Storm | Issue 2 | October 1976 | PDF
Our pal Sidney Parker drops a letter to the editor in this issue, as well as Peter McAlpine of The Occult Technology of Power, an oddball libertarian/conspiracy classic. This issue was scanned from a LMP microfiche. The Storm! states explicitly that it was “anti-copyright” in this issue, though I have done due diligence to track down the publisher for permission before posting scans online. Seel note with red text below!

“The Anarchism of Max Stirner” by Sidney Parker |  PDF
Freedom Anarchist Review | Vol. 41 No. 23 | November 22, 1980

Twice | Issue 1 | 1963 | PDF
Edited by S.E. Parker, 14 pages, 8×10″. A one-off creative writing journal that he edited with his wife Pat. It seems Twice was only published once.

Minus One | Issue 6 | Jan-Feb 1965 | PDF
UoE member Benjamin DeCasseres makes an appearance here.

Minus One | Issue 22 | June 1968 | PDF
The strange thing here is the actual copy is dated 1967, but Bernd Laska’s original bibliography shows it as being published in 1968. Because the issue before it is still on microfiche, I can’t confirm what is the right year.

 


NOTICE: I have tried contacting Mark A. Sullivan through many different channels, but have gotten nowhere. It was just in 2014 a book he co-edited with Ian Young came out, but I can’t even get a response from either the publisher Autonomedia or Ian Young himself.

If anyone can please get word to him that we’d like to ask a few questions, it would be appreciated. Point him to the “contact” page or give him my direct e-mail address if you already have it. 


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