Academic journal article Anarchist Studies

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Academic journal article Anarchist Studies

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Sharif has put me at the helm and gone below deck. Fortunately he's not drunk; nor has he thrown himself overboard. Still, my excitement at the prospect of editing AS is matched by growing periods of apprehension.

Sharif and Jon, Tom Cahill and Carl Levy before them, have done an excellent job in establishing and sustaining the journal. It's clear from Lewis Call's review that AS has published some outstanding work, that it has shown an admirable openness to research in the field and that it has a growing reputation for tackling messy and difficult issues. Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed has this to say about issue 14.2:

Anarchist Studies continues to be one of the great contemporary anarchist periodicals. This issue demonstrates a trend that is lacking in North America: critical engagement. The French anarchist periodical Le Monde Libertaire more or less came out in support of the French state's ban on religious symbols (read: veils) in schools and this issue of Anarchist Studies is a series often introductions, essays, responses, and afterwords on the topic. At the heart of the issue is a certain kind of anarchist calculus. What does an anarchist reject first, the state or religion? Fascinating discussions that demonstrate how much better educated the Europeans are (with the caveat that most of the authors are hired intellectual thugs).1

It would be nice to maintain and build on this reputation. …

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