Drawing on a wide-range of anarchist publications, Only a Beginning is the first comprehensive overview of anarchist theory and practice in North America from 1976 to the present. Compiled and edited by Allan Antliff, it documents over a quarter-century of grassroots activism, including protests and gatherings, art exhibitions, street theatre, Internet sites, and squats, as well as specific movements such as environmentalism, anti-globalization, feminism, queer rights, indigenous struggles, and prisoners rights.
In todays post-9/11 climate, major demonstrations attempting to resist globalization, war-mongering, and anti-environmental policies, among others, are becoming more organized and high-profile, while at the same time are subject to increasing suspicion and repression by politicians and police. But in the muddle of todays political centrism, it seems at times that anarchism is the only real voice speaking out passionately against the ruling class.
Only a Beginning casts light on the rich, diverse, and progressive history of these movements, placing them in the context of the era in which they appeared and demonstrating their relevance to contemporary action. Included are the histories of major anarchist journals as well as essays on specific anarchist practice relevant to activist movements across Canada and indeed North America.
Lavishly illustrated with original artwork and photographs, Only a Beginning is one of the most comprehensive collection of writings by anarchists ever assembled.