Monsters, Savages, and the Criminally Destructive: How Anarchism was Effectively Defeated by its Opponents

  • 2016

Monsters, Savages, and the Criminally Destructive: How Anarchism was Effectively Defeated by its Opponents

Author:
Robert Wood
Abstract:

First, this paper explores the European and American portrayals of anarchists and anarchism from the end of the nineteenth century through the middle of the twentieth century and how these portrayals were used to effectively overcome the challenge anarchism posed to rival political ideologies. Secondly, it examines the legislative, judicial, and policing methods used to combat the perceived threat by anarchists and anarchism, including the creation of police agencies and networks like the F.B.I. and INTERPOL. Lastly, there is an overview and analysis of the use of police and military force against anarchist movements. The foundations of modern counter-terrorism systems originated with the effort to combat anarchism.