George Woodcock on ‘The Anarchist Critic’ (Anarchist Studies 23.1, Spring 2015)
Author: Allan Antliff
The Anarchist Critic first appeared in the Vancouver anarchist journal Open Road in 1982.1 Robert Graham, who was a member of the collective, recalls Woodcock subscribed to Open Road though he never joined its social circle.2 He would go on, at Graham‚Äôs prompting, to contribute an article-length review of Richard Attenborough‚Äôs film, Gandhi, to a special ‚ÄòDirect Action‚Äô issue [George Woodcock, ‚ÄòGandhi: The Price of Glory‚Äô, Open Road no. 15 (Spring, 1983): 21-22] and a feature on George Orwell for a themed issue, ‚ÄòComing to terms with Direct Action‚Äô [George Woodcock, ‚ÄòOrwell was no Cold Warrior,‚Äô Open Road 16 (Spring 1984): 19-20].3 The fact that the latter two issues of Open Road focus on the bombing campaign, subsequent arrest, and trial of the Vancouver- based anarchist urban guerilla group ‚ÄòDirect Action‚Äô make Woodcock‚Äôs contributions all the more interesting.4¬†
- George Woodcock, ‚ÄòThe Anarchist Critic‚Äô,¬†Open Road¬†no.14 (Summer 1982):¬†p17.
- Robert Graham to Allan Antliff: March 17,¬†2015.
- ‚ÄòDirect Action‚Äô¬†member Ann Hansen has published a personal account,¬†Direct Action:¬†Memoirs of an Urban Guerilla (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2001). I also reprint ‚ÄòDirect Action‚Äô related communiques, interviews and debates from the anarchist press in Allan Antliff, Only a Beginning: An Anarchist Anthology (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press,¬†2004).¬†