Colin Ward, R.I.P.By Jeff Taylor for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC
Jesse Walker of Reason has a nice remembrance of Colin Ward here. Ward was a British anarchist who could be numbered among Bill Kauffman’s “Front-Porch Anarchists.” His perspective dovetails nicely with the point of Patrick Deneen’s “Civic Friendship” piece, including M.K. Simkohvitch’s criticism of the top-down approach to social reform. Ward sided with “the tradition of fraternal and autonomous association springing up from below” instead of the Fabian-Progressive approach of “authoritarian institutions directed from above.” Like Tolstoy, Orwell, and Macdonald, Ward was a leftist who embraced freedom and was not willing to sacrifice actual people on the altar of theoretical constructs. Thanks, Jesse, for bringing Colin Ward to our attention.