Colin Ward, R.I.P.

By Jeff Taylor for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC
http://www.frontporchrepublic.com/2010/02/colin-ward-r-i-p/

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.

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