The Luso-Anarchist Reader

The Origins of Anarchism in Portugal and Brazil

Edited by:
Plínio de Góes Jr, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

A volume in the series: Critical Constructions: Studies on Education and Society. Editor(s): Brad J. Porfilio, California State University, Stanislaus. Marc Pruyn, Monash University. Derek R. Ford, DePauw University.

Published 2017

No book has ever presented a selection of writings of anarchists from the Portuguese‐speaking world to an English‐speaking audience. In The Luso‐Anarchist Reader, writings by feminist radicals such as Maria Lacerda de Moura and anarchist communists such as Neno Vasco are made available in English for the first time. Researchers and activists interested in achieving a more comprehensive understanding of people's movements could certainly stand to benefit from exposure to these texts.

Groups such as the Anarchist Federation of Rio de Janeiro are organizing in both urban and rural Brazil, sometimes working as part of a larger umbrella organization known as Brazilian Anarchist Coordination or CAB coordinating the efforts of various anarchist associations. Anarchists participated in the massive 2013 protests in Brazil, protests that brought together millions of people to speak out against corruption and for a variety of social causes. Anarchists are active in anti‐austerity protests in Portugal against the European troika. Given the visibility of anarchism in the Portuguese‐speaking world, Brazil in particular, the need to understand the roots of this anarchist tradition is especially salient.

Anarchism in the Portuguese‐speaking world during the early twentieth century brought together immigrants, people of African and indigenous descent, and feminists to forge a solidarity‐based alliance for change. The young anarchist activists questioning the status quo today stand on ground seeded by the hard work of their predecessors.

Dedication. Introduction to the Reader. Introductory Essay: Renovação: The Origins of Luso‐Anarchism, Plínio de Góes, Jr. PART I: FERTILE SOIL FOR THE LIBERTARIAN LEFT: LIMA BARRETO. Words From an Anarchist “Snob” (1913), Lima Barreto. Manuel Capineiro (1915), Lima Barreto. The Sower (1921), Avelino Fóscolo. Alms (1905), Avelino Fóscolo. Syndicalism in Portugal (1931), Manuel Joaquim de Sousa. PART II: THE THEORETICAL STRUCTURE OF LUSO‐ANARCHISM. The Anarchist Conception of Syndicalism (1923), Neno Vasco. Povero Vecchio! (1902), Neno Vasco. The Parasites (1935), Neno Vasco. Love Each Other . . . and Don’t Breed (1932): Intelligence has a Gender, Maria Lacerda de Moura. Sons of the Poor (1905), Ângelo Jorge. God (1905), Ângelo Jorge. The Factory (1909), Ângelo Jorge. Liberty and Life (1905), Ângelo Jorge. Sexual Love (1909), Ângelo Jorge. The Inevitability of Anarchy (1905), Ângelo Jorge. The Authoritarian Formula (1909), Ângelo Jorge. PART III: THE REPRESSION OF LUSO‐ANARCHISM. Four Years of Exile (1931), Mário Castelhano. Letter from Varella (1927), José Maria Fernandes Varella. Letter from Varella (1927), José Maria Fernandes Varella. Concluding Remarks: A Living Tradition.