Monday, June 11, 2007

Clarence Lee Swartz, Bailie's Book on Warren

C. L. S., "Bailie's Book on Warren," Liberty, 14, 26 (May 1905), 2.

Bailie's Book on Warren.

The announcement in the last issue of Liberty of the forthcoming publication of “Josiah Warren, the First American Anarchist,” has met with a quick and gratifying response. Already over seventy-five subscriptions have come

The warm interest evinced in Mr. Bailie’s book shows that Josiah Warren, although thirty years have elapsed since his striking personality passed away, has not been forgotten. Warren’s influence on modem thought is probably more potent to-day than it was when he was propounding his “True Civilization” near half a century ago.

While adapted to the needs of civilized people at all limes, the social ideals of the pioneer Anarchist will be better appreciated and more easily practised as we become a more highly individualized, more liberty-demanding people.

The ever-owing public that appreciates Ibsen, Sudermann, and Shaw, which listens to Tolstoy, reads Nietzsche and Spencer, will assuredly find the seeds of thought planted by these modem thinkers already germinating in the mind and. practice of Josiah Warren.

In this book we can see and follow the process of development working itself out in a fashion original with Warren. The aim and purpose of his life are brought before us forcibly and sympathetically. The book will form both an exposition and a text-book of the better kind of individualism, which is not disregard for others, but a true appreciation at all times of the rights of others. Every friend of liberty, every believer in the supreme right of the individual to himself, his product, his freedom, his property and reputation, should possess Mr. Bailie’s study of Warren, the New England Puritan, individualist Anarchist.

It may be added that the number of subscriptions so far received is not yet sufficient to warrant Mr. Bailie in proceeding with the publication of the book; hence he would ask all those who are interested in its appearance, and who have not yet added their names to the advance list of subscribers, to signify, by notifying the editor of Liberty as soon as possible, their intention of taking one or more copies, so that he may know, before putting the matter in the hands of the printer, just bow many subscriptions he can count upon, and so that he may be able, also, to measure more fully the interest manifested in the work. Responses have been received from England, Germany, and Belgium, which shows that the interest in Warren is not confined to America.

C. L. S.

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