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To dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State. --Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution

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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Help Out Fred Woodworth

Many people are especially mindful today of things in life that we have cause to be thankful for. Such gratitude may take the form, among other things, of good will toward those who aren't quite so fortunate.

Fred Woodworth, publisher of The Match! in Tucson, Arizona, has fallen on hard financial times because of health problems.

Fred's periodical has been an anarchist institution for over 35 years. The last I heard, it has about two thousand readers. I suspect most of them, as I do, get a pleasant surprise every time they get that distinctive big envelope in the mail. The Match! is printed without computers, with loving care, and chock full of interesting prints. The layout and typography on every page display Fred's exacting standards of craftsmanship. Every issue contains Fred's individualist anarchist commentary, and the most amazing letters section you've ever seen. And although Fred has managed to run The Match! on whatever contributions his readers have seen fit to send in, it's cover price is listed as free.

For over 35 years, Fred has avoided anarchist fads of all kinds, and never once compromised his plumbline of "ethical anarchism" (what some might call treating the means as the end in progress) for the sake of short-term expediency.

Besides this ruat coelum stand on matters of principle, he has also been a tireless advocate for the underdog, and a voice for those who get kicked around the most.

If you have anything to spare (preferably cash, since Fred doesn't do banks), you can send it to

The Match!
P.O. Box 3012
Tucson, AZ 85702

And while you're at it, do yourself a favor: kick in something for a few back issues of The Match!, and find out why it's had so many loyal readers for so long.


Blogger Kevin Carson said...

Thanks a lot, Nathan. Yes, all you have to do is write Fred at that address.

November 25, 2005 9:14 AM  

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