In 1811, in a little English village, a small band of men hoisted their hammers and axes and marched on the home of a master weaver who had recently replaced them with weaving machines. It was the first of many attacks by followers of Gen. Ludd; for six years, the Luddites, as they came to be known, pitched themselves in a hopeless battle against the Industrial Revolution, training and working like underground armies until several of their leaders were hanged. Some 50 years later, the Paris Commune, one of the first experiments in worker self-management, started its own revolution. Fifteen years after that, Emma Goldman emigrated from Lithuania to New York, becoming one of the most important anarchists the world has known. She was jailed for inciting riots and for publicly advocating birth control. All of these moments in the history of anarchism -- and many more --... More >>>