Our Masters are Helpless: the essays of George Barrett. Edited by Iain McKay.


Our Masters are Helpless: the essays of George Barrett, edited by Iain McKay. Freedom Press.

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An engineer by trade, George Barrett was one of the anarchists’ key organisers through the period of the Great Unrest of 1910-14, a syndicalist-led uprising which shock Britain just before the first world war began.
First coming to the attention of organisers in his early 20s for disturbing Bristol’s socialists with his fiery radicalism, Barrett’s later work in London and Glasgow made him well known as an eloquent and clear voice for the libertarians.
A writer for anarchist journal Freedom, the also founded the Anarchist alongside producing several seminal texts both before and during World war I, until his untimely death in 1917. This selection of Barrett’s essays offers a unique political view from the time and his arguments remain incisive today.


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