One of the things I did buy on our trip today.

This came from a book store, not an antique store.

It was, If I recall correctly, $6. Maybe $7.

It was published in 1913.

Adjusting for inflation, 10 cents is roughly $3, so I overpaid a little bit.

I knew nothing about it when I bought it save from what's on the cover "A periodical of protest"

Since then, I've learned some stuff.

Many issues are collected here: but on microfilm, and it stops a few years before this issue.

It was published by Elbert Hubbard.

I didn't know a thing about him either.

Turns out, he's the guy who said "When life give you lemons, you make lemon-aid" among other things.

He was a self described anarchist and socialist who published a pamphlet called Jesus Was an Anarchist in 1908.

Apparently he was also occasionally an anti-union agitator and fairly procapitalist at various points. People are complicated.

He was part of the american Arts and Crafts movement, and founded a group called The Roycrofts, I think?

This was a magazine produced on letterpress gear by the Roycrofts in upstate NY.

@ajroach42 A lot of US anarchists in the 1800s and early 1900s were individualists, and many (or most) would likely come across as capitalist nowadays, though the term has changed a bit in recent years. It really morphed when Murray Rothbard took it and founded ancap philosophy.

I won't speak for Hubbard, but from what I know of another's earlier views (Josiah Warren), anti-unionism would follow from the idea that communal/multiple ownership of anything inevitably leads to strife.


@edd he also at various points claimed the mantle of socialist, though.

@ajroach42 I'm just an amateur in US anarchist/socialist history, but as I understand it things were less strictly socialism vs capitalism back then. Certainly if your goal is de-industrialization for a better society, supporting unions which should only be needed in "industrial" scale companies would just help entrench industrialization.

But this is all guess-work, I plan on reading your links to his works when I have time.

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