Colin Ward : British Anarchist Writer and Social Historian

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(1924 - 2010)


...lived with the title of Britain's most famous anarchist for nearly half a ­century, bemused by this ambivalent sobriquet. In Anarchy in Action (1973), he set out his belief that an anarchist society was not an end goal.

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From : Guardian Obituary


"...the bombs you are worried about are not the bombs which cartoonists attribute to the anarchists, but the bombs which governments have perfected, at your expense."

From : "Anarchism as a Theory of Organization," by Colin Ward, 1966

"It is, after all, the principle of authority which ensures that people will work for someone else for the greater part of their lives, not because they enjoy it or have any control over their work, but because they see it as their only means of livelihood."

From : "Anarchism as a Theory of Organization," by Colin Ward, 1966

"The anarchists, who have always distinguished between the state and society, adhere to the social principle, which can be seen where-ever men link themselves in an association based on a common need or a common interest."

From : "Anarchism as a Theory of Organization," by Colin Ward, 1966


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About Colin Ward

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Colin Ward was one of the editors of Freedom from 1947-1960 and edited the monthly Anarchy from 1961 to 1970.

Personal Information: Family: son of Arnold (a teacher) and Ruby (West) Ward; married Harriet Barry (a teacher), September 9, 1966; children: Ben; stepsons: Barney Unwin, Tom Unwin. Education: Attended Garnett Teachers College, 1964-65. Addresses: Home: 19 Schubert Rd., London S.W.15, England. Agent: David Higham Associates, 5/8 Lower John St., London W.1, England.

Career: Shepheard & Epstein (architects and planners), London, England, senior assistant, 1952-61; Chamberlin, Powell & Bon, London, director of research, 1962-64; Wandsworth Technical College, London, England, lecturer in charge of liberal studies, 1966-71; Town & Country Planning Association (a voluntary organization), London, education officer, 1971--.

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August 14, 1924 :
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February 11, 2010 :
Death Day.

November 16, 2016 ; 4:58:02 PM (America/Los_Angeles) :
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