Comrade Loves of the Samurai (Tuttle Classics) by Saikaku Ihara, E. Powys Mathers

By Saikaku Ihara, E. Powys Mathers

In previous Japan, sexual love one of the samurai was once permissible, and sometimes matured into lifelong companionships. Comrade Loves of the Samurai touches the topic of either basic and irregular love with honesty and tenderness.

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27 The familiar elements of communism, as it had been envisaged by Cafiero, Kropotkin and others, were present in Berkman's sketch of the new society. These included abolition of the state, decentralisation, voluntary labour, free distribution of products and so forth. Yet although there were passages in "What Is Communist Anarchism? that could be interpreted as references to the type of self-supporting communes which Kropotkin had described in The Conquest of Bread, the process of revolution which Berkman envisaged was clearly different from that which Kropotkin had anticipated.

The result was the hybrid doctrine of anarchist syndicalism. From anarchism, anarchist syndicalism derived its distrust of political parties and parliamentary politics, its preference Anarchist Communism 11 for federal organisation rather than centralisation, and its anticipation of an approaching social revolution. Despite these anarchist elements, the importance which anarchist syndicalism accorded to the union form of organisation ensured that it was distinct from other varieties of anarchism.

Three thousand attended the second attempt to hold a conference in Tokyo on 9 May 1921, but the police again ordered the meeting to close and soon after banned the organisation entirely. 40 Hatta Shuzo and Pure Anarchism These attempts to find a basis for cooperation between anarchists, bolsheviks and reformists proved short-lived and, even without the repressive actions of the authorities, would have foundered on the differences in theoretical outlook and organisational practice which existed between the various camps.

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