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Bob Black

BEGINNING IN THE LATE 1970S, Bob Black was one of the earliest to advocate what is now called post-left anarchy. His writing style is vociferously confrontational, criticizing many of the perceived sacred cows of leftist, anarchist, and activist thought. An unaffiliated New Leftist in his college years, Black became dissatisfied with authoritarian socialist ideology and after discovering anarchism he spent much of his energy analyzing authoritarian tendencies within ostensibly "anti-authoritarian" groups.

In his essay "My Anarchism Problem" he writes: "To call yourself an anarchist is to invite identification with an unpredictable array of associations, an ensemble which is unlikely to mean the same thing to any two people, including any two anarchists.". Though not actually an anarcho-primitivist, he has occasionally published in strongly influenced anarcho-primitivist journals.


Some of his work from the early 1980s (anthologized in The Abolition of Work and Other Essays) highlights his critiques of the nuclear freeze movement ("Anti-Nuclear Terror"), the editors of Processed World ("Circle-A Deceit: A Review of Processed World"), "radical feminists" ("Feminism as Fascism"), and Libertarians ("The Libertarian As Conservative").

It was been brought to our attention that earlier accounts on this page stipulated that Mr. Black maintains a public domain website called The Bureau of Public Secrets. We have been corrected that indeed Ken Knabb, not Bob Black, is the sole proprietor of the BPS, and while we regret this error, we feel no compulsion to bury this link. Both men's reputationa are well-represented across the Internet. We at the Project have culled certain works and will republish them, as time and interest permits, in the spirit of Internet flux as well as for the following reasons.

We like his basic ideas postulating that there is much wrong with the planet, from the east to the West, from the Left to the Right. That Black skewers the Left is pure cream. We like his idea of mamimizing productivity by minimizing redundancy and other foul activity like warmongering and the such. But we are unsure of how Bob Black, writer and attorney, expects to get to this place he describes. We are resistant to opulent idealism; we will use this space to study and analyze the man's ideas, as the poet Ezra Pound suggested, "One idea at a time." Uh, when we find time. This should be fun. Are we playing yet?

Bob Black has requested that all correspondence be directed to him here:
PO Box 1342, Albany, NY 12203-0142

Our Intro to Bob Black

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