Thursday, December 11, 2008
Happy 150th, "libertaire"
Over at the Anarchist FAQ blog, Iain has a post recognizing the sesquicentennial of the term libertaire, used in 1858 by Joseph Déjacque as the title of his journal, La Libertaire, Journal du Mouvement Social. Déjacque is generally credited with the first use of the term "libertarian" as a synonym for "anarchist." We've learned, as the digital archives grow, to be skeptical of first-use claims, but I'm happy to take a moment to recognize the importance of Déjacque's contribution. His fascinating mix of anarchism, communism, egoism, and feminism, drawing on the thought of Fourier, Proudhon, Pierre Leroux and others, is deserving of much more attention that it has generally received.