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Luigi Galleani: Is Anarchism Dead?

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After a spell of imprisonment in Italy for his rebel activity of the 1890s, Luigi Galleani was then subjected to a period of civil commitment, required to remain on Pantelleria, the isolated and sparsely-populated volcanic island located between Sicily and Tunisia. The one Galleani book that has so far been translated into English is a response to a June 1907 interview in the Turin newspaper, La Stampa, with the radical lawyer, Francesco Saverio Merlino, entitled "La Fine Dell'Anarchismo", ("The End of Anarchism"). Galleani wrote a series of articles in response to Merlino that he published in Cronaca Sovversiva in 1907 and 1908. Back Galleani believed that an anarchist society should focus on the satisfaction of human needs - different as each person's desires might be, due to variances in taste, geographical location, and personality - rather than trying to figure out what each individual had contributed to society.

Keywords: anarchism; Cronaca Sovversiva; Francesco Saverio Merlino; Luigi Galleani

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