Colin Ward

Colin Ward obituary
Writer, social theorist and anarchist who believed in self-sufficiency, allotments and better town planning

Ken Worpole, Monday 22 February 2010 18.36 GMT

Colin Ward, who has died aged 85, lived with the title of Britain’s most famous anarchist for nearly half a century, bemused by this ambivalent soubriquet. In Anarchy in Action (1973), he set out his belief that an anarchist society was not an end goal. Following Alexander Herzen, the writer and thinker known as the “father of Russian socialism”, Colin saw all distant goals as a form of tyranny and believed that anarchist principles could be discerned in everyday human relations and impulses. Within this perspective, politics was about strengthening co-operative ­relations and supporting human ingenuity in its myriad vernacular and everyday forms….

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