‘The Death of Liberalism Has Been Proclaimed Before’

Henry Mead published an article entitled ‘The Death of Liberalism Has Been Proclaimed Before’ in the American on-line journal, Fair Observer (15 July 2019). The current wave of populism calls to mind the mood of the early 20th century when liberal values in England saw a “strange death.” The impulse that generated new proposals for power distribution as a replacement for both classic and statist liberalism is at work again in forms of post-liberalism on the left as much as the right.

Dora Marsden and Anarchist Modernisms

Henry Mead recently published a chapter entitled ‘Dora Marsden and Anarchist Modernisms’ in Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1890s-1920s: The Modernist Period, ed. Faith Binckes and Carey Snyder (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019), pp. 226-241. The chapter contains a discussion of Max Stirner’s radical individualist theory of history plus details on Emma Goldman’s and Benjamin Tucker’s anarchisms. It identifies Marsden’s quarrel with Tucker as signalling a divergence, continuing through the interwar period, between an anarchist ‘early modernism’ and a conservative ‘high modernism’.

Teaching resources on Futurism

Roberta Albertini just published some didactic resources on Futurism as part of her contribution to the Between the Times project. They can be found in the following addresses: