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Benjamin R. Tucker: Anarchism, Tyranny, and Despair

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Benjamin R. Tucker's interest in anarchism escalated after an unplanned meeting with Josiah Warren at the 1872 Boston convention of the New England Labor Reform League. Ghio notes that this encounter with American Anarchism's first prominent thinker led immediately to "une affection profonde et filiale" on the part of Tucker. Tucker's main claim to prominence derives from the publication Liberty, which he both edited and wrote articles for, first out of Boston and then from New York City. Some writers stress the fundamentally "American" character of Tucker's writings. Property in the form of land was certainly a vexing problem for Tucker, just as the difficulties encountered by some people today in maintaining a household in a changeable economy, limited by a financial system crafted by government and serving banking interests, leads to misery, homelessness, and bankruptcy for many families.

Keywords: American anarchism; bankruptcy; Benjamin R. Tucker; financial system; Liberty



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