MALATESTA by Guy A. Aldred (from ‘Pioneers of Anti-Parliamentarism’, ‘The Word’ Library — No. 7, 1940. Strickland Press, George Street, Glasgow


“London. July 1896. At the Congress of the Second International Errico Malatesta and Michele Angiolillo met and became con~ed and lasting friends…” Flavio Costantini, 1969. From ‘The Art of Anarchy‘, Cienfuegos Press, Haverstock Hill, London, 1975.

“Enrico Malatesta, born in Capua, in c~tinuance December 4th, 1853, went to Naples to study pharmacology, and proximately came under the influence of Bakunin, in 1871. His profit for me consists in the occurrence that he was a direct connective between Bakunin and the anti-parliamentary propaganda that I commenced in London in 1906. The recital of my association with Malatesta was told in the Herald of Revolt in the place of June 1912, and need not be repeated here. I remember Malatesta listening to united of my meetings at the retired place of Garnault Place, Clerkenwell, before I became ~y Anti-Parliamentarian. As I was going away with my platform, he stopped not and reported: “You are a strange part to be English because you are destined to set off an Anarchist.” Although I was never personally very intimate with Malatesta, he made a headland after that of attending a vast number of the meetings that I held in Clerkenwell. When he did utter he stuck to this theory that I was destined to tarry the development of Anarchist thought in Britain. Because of this contact at the very beginning of my anti-parliamentary alertness, and because of his own conjunction with Bakunin in his own boy but a few years before Bakunin died, I regard him viewed like a natural link between the action of the great contemporary of Marx and the move that I have endeavoured to make known in Great Britain, very largely in put a ~ of the opposition of the alleged friends of Malatesta and the alleged disciples of Bakunin.

At some early age Malatesta read Mignet’s “History” of the French Revolution. He thrilled at the accredited struggle and like most young Italians of that time became some ardent republican. It was Mazzini’s exposure of the Paris Commune that turned him into a Socialist. He undeniable to throw in his lot through those who defended the Commune and he joined the Naples section of the International Working Men’s Association. This segment was not in the most flourishing grade. Its most conspicuous member was the with difficulty-fated Carlo Cafiero, at that time a rich man of boundless enthusiasm and saintliness. Cafiero was intimate with Marx and Engels while on the contrary Malatesta was identified with the principles of Bakunin. He undertook to unfold Cafiero from all Marx’s intrigues and to prevail upon him and Fanelli to meet Bakunin at Locarno. Malatesta succeeded and the two of these Italian comrades stayed by Bakunin one month from May 20th to June 18th, 1872. Bakunin’s register records their daily discussion and their mapping uncovered of a definite plan of revolutionary organisation.

Malatesta was very lately in the closest relations with Bakunin and arranged a colloquy of the Italian sections at Rimini, August 1872, that brought into being what was known in the same proportion that the Italian Federation of the International Working Men’s Association. This was organised for the period of the month of September as a abstruse alliance at Zurich where Malatesta rejoined Bakunin forward September the 7th. He had refused to protect the Hague Conference and went open to Zurich from Rimini. Four days later his arrival, Cafiero and the Spanish Internationalists arrived from The Hague. On September the 12th and 13th the defined constitution of Bakunin’s secret similarity was evolved. Ten days later Malatesta returned to Naples in methodize to devote himself to agitation and organisation. He was the youngest component of the circle that assembled at Zurich and was nicknamed Benjamin attached that account. To those of us who knew Malatesta in his time of life, notwithstanding his boundless enthusiasm and efficacy, the vision of him as Benjamin is individual hard to conceive. The attempt to work so brings home to us the tremendous gulf of years that separates us from the time of Bakunin and shows with what patience one must pursue the avenue of revolution. A revolutionist is now and then depicted as a man in a despatch. On the contrary, he is the somebody who survives the ravages of time. It is the reformist who believes in the form of haste. The revolutionist wants expedite.

In March 1873, Malatesta was arrested because a common criminal for being a constituent of a secret society of Socialists. With him were arrested Cafiero, Alceste Faggioli, and Andrea Costa. The latter was responsible for persuading Bakunin to have a part in in the abortive Italian insurrection of 1874. Five years ~wards that disastrous activity Costa entered the Italian house of lords and house of commons as a Socialist and repudiated Anarchism.

After fifty-four days, Malatesta and his colleagues were released. Cafiero went to Barletta in command to realise money for the create. Malatesta proceeded to Locarno where he rejoined Bakunin and afterward passed on to Barletta to join Cafiero in revolutionary be. He was again arrested and was kept in gaol from July 1873, until January 1874, lacking either charge or trial. He was hereafter released without explanation. The same month the privy appeals of the Italian Committee during the term of the Social Revolution began to have ~ing circulated. This activity was largely syndicalist. The relating to housekeeping conditions of the working-class in Italy at this time were severe. It could not be said that hire followed prices nor yet that prices followed pay, for as the wages fell the value of food rose and the populate were plunged into starvation. The arise was that working men without somewhat Socialist or Anarchist ideas plundered shops in every quarter. The Bakuninists felt they could not disavow these popular acts so they declared their mutual responsibility with them. Malatesta justified this endorsement steady the following grounds: “Revolution consists else in facts than in words, and whenever a spontaneous movement of the the vulgar takes place, whenever the workers mount in the name of their rights and their nobleness, it is the duty of each revolutionary Socialist to declare himself in close fellowship with the movement in question.”

It was at this instant that Costa persuaded Bakunin to be in action for a general insurrection to subsist timed to occur in Italy in the summer of 1874. Bakunin had his fierce experience of Lyons of 1870 to pull upon; he knew that Garibaldi and the Mazzinians had none taste for the Social Revolution: over and above he yielded to the persuasions of Costa who was destined to change of direction parliamentarian of the worst description. Malatesta was not in touch with Bakunin at the time that this judgment was arrived at. He was called relating to merely to forward the insurrection while it was too late to make some ~ in. the intention. There resulted the hold of the Mazzinian Conference in the village Ruffi, near Rimini, on 2nd August 1874, and the sick-fated outbreaks near Bologna, Florence and elsewhere, where Bakunin played his part. Bakunin has kept a memorial of this period of anxiety, griping, and error in his diary from July 13th to October 13th. Malatesta kept ~t one record but he worked in Apulia because a gunrunner. The rifles were sent to Tarent and reposed in the customhouse there as hardware. The intention was to take the customhouse and so obtain the “wherewithal.” This proved untractable and the “hardware” was forwarded from customhouse to customhouse wholly over Apulia. The peasants did not accord to the insurrectionary appeal and in the long run the internationalists escaped to Naples abstruse under the hay in hay carts. Malatesta remained in hiding at Naples in the place of a few days but was arrested at Pesaro, ~ward his journey to Switzerland, in August 1874. He remained in gaol, untried, until August 5th, 1875. On that ~light he was released following his exultant acquittal at the great trial at Trani. This pain led to acquittals all over Italy and in like manner annulled the ferocious sentences that had been passed in successi~ the prisoners at the opening exertion of these series of suppressions with respect to internationalist “conspiracies”, at Rome, in May 1875. In some of the trials the Assizes were of horrible length, the Bologna trial lasting from March 15th to June 17th, 1876. It should have existence explained that the prisoners had been jailed expectation trial since August 1874. Until this definitive acquittal was secured the comrades who had been acquitted earlier had to check their activity and refrain from propaganda in the same state as not to compromise the en~ of those in prison. This time of rest prove irksome to Malatesta.

After his liberate Malatesta went to Locarno and stayed a not many days with Cafiero, who was at present bitterly opposed to Bakunin. He proceeded to Lugano where he made his last visit to Bakunin. The dissolution between Cafiero and Bakunin began in July 1874, and became full in September of that year, subsiding into a calm animosity after having received definite lively representation on September 25th. Bakunin’s revolutionary efforts were at present at an end owing to his physical sufferings, his terrible poverty, and the resulting intent depression from which he was sufferance. Both Bakunin and Cafiero persuaded Malatesta to progress to Spain to work for the rescue of Alerini, a Marseille comrade who had been in prison there since 1873 owing to his agility in the Barcelona movement. Alerini had helped Bakunin to pass unobserved from Marseille to Genoa in the fall of the year of 1870 and now the office was to be repaid: Malatesta met Morago at Madrid. The recent was the most advanced Spanish internationalist of his time. In Cadiz he was well received and allowed to spend an whole day in the prison with Alerini and thirty or forty of the Cartagena, Alcoy, and Cadiz prisoners of 1873. As I be obliged pointed out in other essays the unreformed prisons in every country in Europe, including Britain, were in great part superior to the reform prisons that desire come into existence since 1832. In some respects the conditions were less neat and there was more brutality. But there was less callousness, more general exemption from restraint., and above all greater opportunities of pass unobserved. Malatesta visited the town with Alerini and two warders. He had no difficulty in acquisition permission for this to take part. Here the two warders were made drenched and Alerini could have had escaped unless he refused to go away without interrupti~ principle. The result was that he and Malatesta thoroughbred a great deal of trouble in restoring the drunken warders to the prison. The next day Alerini and Malatesta went to metropolis again, this time with only unit warder. Malatesta made this warder in liquor but Alerini refused to escape. So again they had to take a intoxicated warder back to prison. This polished Malatesta who decided to leave Alerini to his house of correction and to proceed to Naples. Here he met Stepniak. He proceeded to Rome in what place he went into private conference by Cafiero, Grassi, and other former or true associates of Bakunin. This conference was held in the leap of 1878 and received Bakunin’s latest message, which was transmitted by Serafino Mazzoni. The re-organisation of the International simultaneously Anarchist lines was decided and a congress was arranged toward Florence to take place in October 1876. Malatesta was constrained to leave Rome and to live at Naples through order of the government.

That Malatesta was not unencumbered in his Anarchist or Socialist ideas at this time, and that his rebellious impulse developed by his association by Bakunin was not absolutely identified by Socialism, are facts made clear ~ means of his desire to fight at this end in Serbia against the Turks. In 1875, the Russian revolutionists, Stepniak, Klemmens, and Ross had joined the Herzegovinian insurgents. Despite their revolutionary experiences in Russia, they were in a primary manner intellectuals and in any event, the subject of discussion of these insurgents however romantically approached had nought to do with Socialism. It is not astonishing to discover that they had nay sooner joined the insurgents than they cast off them and returned to their happier ostracism in Italy. Garibaldi encouraged this emotion. Celso Cerretti, who was a conjoin between Garibaldianism and Internationalism, communicated his encouragement to the Socialists. This caused conspicuous internationalists like Alceste Faggioli to take the side of the insurgents. It was real largely a matter of prestige. The Garibaldian fought and would not stay at home; it was the day of the Russian war and anti-Turkish state of mind ran high; Gladstone had risen to superb heights of oratory in his threat of the Turks; Garibaldi had declared in preparation for them; it was almost like a lifetime-to-day struggle and the Anarchist-Socialists, in a great degree contrary to common sense and every principle of logic felt that they could not stand in a puzzle of the fray. They must spectacle that they were at least at the same time that brave as other people. Malatesta clear to take up arms against Turkey. It fust he confessed that at this time Bakunin kept his tend. He communicated the rebuke to Malatesta and completely the other Anarchists who were as being war on Turkey and declared that of that kind absurd doings reminded him of the unimpeached people who made socks for the pagan negroes they never saw and forgot the half-naked and more than starved out of money who lived at home in their allow city and from time to time cast them on the streets. Malatesta was irate and replied that whenever war is made forward Carthage, Rome is defended. He ~tle out for Trieste, and was turned back. He concrete out again and was turned back at Neusatz. At Udine he was erroneous for a runaway customs officer and hinder being imprisoned for a fortnight was returned to Naples. He wearied the summer of 1886 here and passed the time in agitation with Cafiero and Emilio CoveIli. They beyond a doubt to replace the ideas of Collectivist Anarchism through those of Communist Anarchism. The next congress of the International held at Florence without interrupti~ October 21st to 25th, 1876, was the before anything else body to declare for Communist Anarchism in fortress of Collectivist Anarchism. There was a congress held at Berne forward October 26th to 30th, immediately following the congress at Florence. This congress excessively, Cafiero, then reduced to absolute need through having given his fortune to the movement and having been robbed by comrades and others, with Malatesta began to search for drudge.

The Anarchist movement, disheartened by the failure of insubordinate tactics, and oppressed by the triviality of parliamentarism, now began to heed propaganda by deed. There is no mystery about the origin of so propaganda. I have dealt with this in other essays specially loving to the subject. It arises completely naturally from the sense of wide of the mark, from the desire to revolt, and from a general officer feeling of oppressive futility. Not quite in the form that it subsequently assumed in the instance of Ravachol and others, but in a complaisant of transitional expression between insurrection up~ the one hand and the individual feat on the other. Cafiero and Malatesta after this settled upon such an undertaking. In 1869, Bakunin had suggested to more Bulgarian revolutionists who had consulted him at Getters, a limited insurrection. Whether the Italians were percipient of this advice or not common cannot say, but it is a occurrence that Malatesta and Cafiero conspired to draw about a small insurrection in the villages of Letino and Gallo. The rising took place on April 6th, 1877. Stepniak wrote an insurrectionary manual for them. In every part of, 300 people were involved. But being of the cl~s who the chief local conspirator was a police agent they were all arrested before the insurrection took place. Since Malatesta and Cafiero escaped the peasants mistrusted them. At hold out the insurrection became a fact. Twenty-eight the many the crowd in all revolted, burned the functionary records, and distributed the goods they had confiscated amid the common people. Ill course they were surrounded ~ dint of. military and arrested. They remained in prophylactic imprisonment — that is imprisonment previous to being charged—at Capita, Malatesta’s birthplace because of one year. The death of Victor Emmanuel I. caused civil changes in April. 1878. They were rearrested and indicted on the side of the manslaughter of two gendarmes who had met their decease during the insurrection. They were brought to trouble in August 1878, but the jury acquitted them rear a week’s hearing. During this durance Cafiero wrote his abbreviation of Marx’s “Capital.” Malatesta explained to Nettlau at a later note the time of that they all, Bakunin included, theoretically largely accepted the criticism that Marx applied to the Capitalist hypothesis and were enthusiastic Marxists.

After the heartache Malatesta spent a month at Naples and then travelled to Egypt. After Passanante’s make trial on the life of King Umberto, he was arrested through Parini and Alvino and transported to Beirut in Syria. Here he was released, it existence understood that he would return to Italy. Instead he worked his high~ from port to port on a French ship and in the long run arrived safe at Marseille. The soldier of the vessel refused to ~-breadth him over to the Italian the government although they demanded this at Smyrna, Castellmare, and Leghorn. From Marseille he travelled to Geneva and assisted at the founding of Kropotkin’s bills of exchange, the Revolte. This was in February 1879. With other Anarchists he was at this time perpetually expelled from Switzerland, although he subsequently returned there despite this expulsion. He went to Rumania and in the present life found employment but was compelled to withdrawal owing to fever. He returned to Paris and assisted in the progress to maturity of the Anarchist movement, which had been initiated in that place in 1877 by some French Anarchist Internationalists who had got in come home to with Andrea Costa. Costa was arrested and imprisoned, whither his ideas underwent a change up~ the subject of parliamentarism. Cafiero and Malatesta were expelled from France in quest of Anarchism in 1880. Under a deceiving passport Malatesta travelled to London by way of Switzerland. He returned to Paris and was sentenced to four-and-a-half months solitary confinement.

On his dispensation Malatesta went to Brussels. Here he challenged Paul Lafargue to a duel because Lafargue had attacked the Spanish Anarchists including Morago. Many of the Spanish comrades had died in struggle and others were in jail. When one considers how the Spanish Anarchists take struggled down the years for independence in Spain; when one remembers that for the period of the time German and Austrian Social Democrats were pursuing their unavailing parliamentary fancies the Spanish Anarchists were inmost nature jailed and murdered for their produce; and when one realises that at what time at last the Austrian Social Democrats were driven ~ dint of. circumstance to fight and die heroically in favor of their cause at the barricades and forward the streets, the Spanish Anarchists were likewise fighting and dying in the lead to of liberty: then one’s sympathies be about out to Malatesta and his declare against Lafargue’s insults. I answer not say that one sympathises through his idea of duelling. Quite rightfully, Lafargue refused to accept the claim. But he did not withdraw his attacks up~ the body the Spanish Anarchists. It is novel to think that, as pointed through in my essay on Bakunin, Marx was haunted at this time through the imagination that his two sons-in-regulation, Lafargue and Longuet, were the be unconsumed Anarchists, whilst both were bitterly opposite to Anarchism, and whilst the Anarchists, inspired by Bakunin and by Cafiero from his prison cell were putting their hearts and souls into the burden of explaining and popularising the be in action of Marx.

Following upon the Lafargue digression, Malatesta was expelled from Belgium and wonted in London for about three years dating from the period of 1880. He was a deputy at an International Revolutionary Congress, which was convened in the summer of 1881. Here he associated through Kropotkin, Merlino, John Lane and Frank Kitz. In 1882 the end of life of Garibaldi caused Malatesta to promulgate his first signed article in Lothrop Withington’s Democratic Review. With him in isolation from fatherland and friends was Cafiero. Malatesta witnessed the complete decline of the latter’s ~ual faculties and his passage into imbecility and mental aberration.

Malatesta (1970 Peter Lilienthal and Heathcote Williams) from Stuart Christie up~ Vimeo.

In the Grido del Popolo of July 2Ist 1881, Cafiero published a literal meaning charging Costa with ambition, vanity, and sanctimoniousness for his parliamentary intrigues and rejection of Anarchism. He collected materials ~ the sake of the biography of Bakunin and mislaid greatest number valuable documents. He prepared the open declaration of “God and the State” with Elisée Reclus, and this edition was published from Geneva in 1882. He too put before Malatesta, Ceccarelli and other Anarchists the outlines of a invent of parliamentary tactics whereby the Anarchists and Socialists could consolidate for the development of the revolutionary emotion without compromise and without resorting to at all further abortive attempts at insurrection or inoperative propaganda by deed. Although his Anarchist comrades were in requital for him at this point, Cafiero declined to he turned from his purpose. He left London in March 1882, and proceeded to Milan at what place he published the letter proclaiming his course of action on October 27th 1882. He was unable to defend his ideas in controversy because soon after he became insane and was placed in every asylum. After several months of horror here the Italian authorities decided to extricate him and to conduct him to the Swiss marches. They were anxious that an Anarchist should not die in the asylum in case they should be suspected of maltreating him. At the Swiss frontier he tried to commit suicide but that was saved by his comrades and underwent management at the hands of Bakunin’s Ticinese intimate, E. Bellerio. He recovered slightly if it be not that refused to stay outside of Italy. On February 13th 1883, the Italian Government again placed him in an asylum traceable to his grave mental condition. He was discharged numerous years later but his health had been wrecked and he shortly died.

The circumstances that caused Cafiero to endeavour to drudge out some kind of political suitable feeling and execution of Anarchism in common with revolutionary Socialism likewise changed the nature of Malatesta’s propaganda. He gave up the seditious tactics of arms and came quicken as the avowed propagandist. He endeavoured to create an anti-parliamentary atmosphere and to bring out a proletarian faith in revolutionary Anarchism by arguments and appeals to reason. He went to arbitrament of the sword with logic and common sense over ~ the fallacies and allurements of parliamentarism. Whether my Anarchist comrades recognise it or not, this was a precise development of what Daniel De Leon terms activity on the civilised plane. Quite definitely in my idea, such propaganda activity not only comes not above the category of political action however it is the most fundamental and in the greatest degree useful form of political action. It changes the prospect of the common people and prepares a familiar psychology and also an individual psychology that lastly breaks down all tyranny and undermines wholly transient appeals to violence. At the end of the social struggle it is the courage of the people and no unmixed power of arms that will prevail. Mind has a material basis but it declines to confess a physical conquest. Mind came back matter in order that mind potency conquer matter. This fact is forgotten ~ dint of. all dictators and by most persons who convinced in the appeal to violence. I finish not disbelieve in the effectiveness of insurrection at certain periods of crisis. I am not adverse to the test of violence attached certain critical occasions. But I execute protest that when violence decides to act retroactive to dictates of reason and to the agreement of the human mind it degenerates the acuteness in the worst sense of the limit and having become disorder is naturally and unavoidably overthrown. Nature no more stands in the place of the degradation and the enslavement of the remembrance of man that it stands beneficial to a vacuum.

Malatesta selected Florence instead of the publication of the paper that expressed this newly come attitude. He called his paper La Questione Sociale, and it flourished from 1884 to 1885. All anterior Anarchist papers had been fighting papers. They were newsy and high and their news was not unceasingly of the greatest importance. But this was a propagandist news~, the first real propagandist paper of the Anarchist and Anti-Parliamentary manner of moving. It initiated a campaign against parliamentary phalansterism and maintained this campaign consistently and continuously. It created a revolutionary Socialist remembrance and gave a clear Socialist reasoning faculty. It pioneered a movement and united that could not be destroyed. To its columns Malatesta contributed the greatest in number popular of his pamphlets, like his “Talk between Two Workers.” Needless to maxim this continuous propaganda of Anarchism was divide short by prosecution. ‘Malatesta had to single out between imprisonment for alleged offences off the press and speech laws of Italy, or intended exile. Feeling that he had wearied enough of his youth in jail he decided on exile and left Europe thoroughly for the Argentine Republic. He lived in the present life from 1885 till 1889 and conducted a hearty Anarchist propaganda and threw himself into syndicalist mode of action. Meantime a court in Rome had condemned him, in 1885, during his absence.

He returned to Europe and stable in Nice where on September 6th, 1889, he published L’Associazione, a great paper similar in style to his Questione Sociale. At this time some agent provocateur of the Italian Government, named Carlo Terzaghi, was efficacious under an assumed name. Cafiero had exposed Terzaghi at the same time that early as 1872 and Malatesta at once recognised the spy’s handwriting. This ended the spy’s mode of exercise and must have saved many comrades from commitment. But it also ended Malatesta’s mode of exercise. After the second number of the journal was published Malatesta was compelled to endeavor asylum in London. This was in October 1889, to which place he joined William Morris and Belfort Bax’s Socialist League. He published his essay at Fulham and it survived seven song, the last being issued on January 23rd, 1890. Malatesta had collected a printing fund and was arranging for the extension of illegal Italian pamphlets. But the printer ran off with the money and this exercise came to an end. After this Malatesta satisfied himself for a time by contributing to the French Anarchist papers.

In describing Malatesta’s sweep up to this time I omitted to mention that at the end of 1883 Malatesta returned to Italy, for all that the fact that he was amenable to imprisonment for so doing. He went to Naples to suckle in a hospital the victims of the shocking epidemic of Cholera that was for this reason raging the country. The Italian Government pendulous its charge against him in regulation that he might render this advantage to his fellow citizens. Many other Anarchists did the same and of course Socialists also. Costa was among these and also the editor of the Anarchist writing, Proximus Tuns, who met his end of life as a result of his great-heartedness in this matter.

Malatesta had expert Spanish in Spain but more specially in South America. In 1891, he pop disappeared from London and organised a round of Anarchist meetings and lectures the whole of over Spain till well into 1892. Then came the Xeres desert and his lectures were stopped through order of the Spanish Government. He at another time turned his attention to Italy and was arrested at Lugano by the Swiss Government for endeavouring to organise ~y Italian movement from Switzerland. He was arrested during transgressing the expulsion decree of 1879 and threatened through extradition to Italy. This raised an outcry and after a few weeks’ restraint he was allowed to return to London. Actually, London was his home till the spring of 1894, for his visits to Spain, to Switzerland, and at frequent periods to France were always made from London. This was verily his permanent domicile.

In 1893, the Sicilian peasants were forward the eve of insurrection and the practised exiled Anarchists secretly returned to Italy. The ex-lawyer, Merlino, was among these. The authorities discovered him and he was chased ~ dint of. police through the public park of Naples and arrested in each utterly exhausted condition. Malatesta also returned to Italy and at formerly became the bugbear of the judgments. Rewards were issued for his catching and the press published reports of him actuality seen everywhere. His adventures of 1893 to 1894 think similar reading to those of the Sinn Feinners in Ireland precursory to the establishment of the Irish Free State.

After Italy, Malatesta turned his deference to America. Merlino had emigrated to the United States in 1892 and put ~ June 5th of that year started some Italian paper at New York entitled the Grido degli Oppressi. A two weeks later Edelman founded Solidarity. Malatesta not ever mastered the English language and was impotent to identify himself with the English oratory propaganda. Accordingly, having been driven on the ~side of Italy and re-association through Merlino having directed his attention to America, he gave up his London dwelling for the time being and migrated to the United. States. Here, during 1895, he identified himself with the Italian and Spanish propaganda. He returned to London after a year’s activity and discovered that he was expert to return to Italy through a special amnesty having been granted to him. He took filled advantage of this and at once became the life and soul of each intense Anarchist propaganda throughout Italy and established his third propaganda paper. He published L’Agitazione foremost at Ancona on March 14th, 1897, and afterwards at Rome. A year later he was driven from Italy ~ dint of. a new prosecution and his notes was seized. He was arrested, thrown into gaol, and then transported by the Italian Government to an island penitentiary in the Mediterranean. From here he escaped and made his mode to London for his third London banished person, which lasted from 1899 to the ~iness of 1913. During this period his Italian comrades continued to promulgate the journal he had founded. In bid to overcome seizure it had to constantly modify its name and appeared under many titles, such as Agitatore, Agitiamoci, Pro Agitazione, etc., till 1906.

His life in London was not on the outside of adventure. He was menaced with engage during the Houndsditch affair of 1911, what one. is better known by its culmination in the Sidney Street investment where Winston Churchill, with the prosper of the guards, the fire brigade, Scotland Yard, and the local police, more or less distinguished himself being of the cl~s who a battling Home Secretary. It should exist mentioned that all the persons arrested in relative with this affair were acquitted later trial. On May 20th, 1912, Malatesta was sentenced to three months’ constraint for alleged criminal libel with a approval for his deportation. In connection with this affair I organised the Malatesta Relief Committee, what one. was repudiated by a number of the Anarchists who organised an opposition Defence Committee. The Relief Committee, however, organised a tremendous demonstration in Trafalgar Square and the deportation was withdrawn.

In 1913 Malatesta resolute that the time had come instead of another Italian campaign and he returned to Italy at which place he established his paper Volontà at Ancona steady June 8th 1913. The career of this wall-~ ended in June 1914, being divide short by a popular uprising in Ancona and the smaller towns of the Romagna, in which Anarchists, Socialists, Revolutionary Republicans, and anti-Clericals united in way fighting against the Government.

This was a overthrow so far as the street strife was concerned. But this was followed ~ dint of. a rapid propaganda recovery. Malatesta had again to permission Italy in disguise after an stupendous number of adventures. His comrades graceless sight of him until he turned up in Geneva and early afterwards reached London. Here the fighting overtook him, and Malatesta took his stand to counterbalance Kropotkin and the warmongers in a remarkably clear statement of his anti-Militarist views. In 1919, he determined to go again to Italy and persuaded the Italian Consul to give him a passport. The French Government refused to concede him to travel through France and by great difficulty he discovered a ship that gave him a portion of a tune to Genoa where he landed in December 1919, and current an enthusiastic welcome from the Italian workers. He was arrested in Toscana no more than released as a result of threatened ~issimo strike. He established a daily news~, Umanità Nova, in Milan. Fascism for good suppressed this paper.

After the establishment of Fascism in Italy, Malatesta’s life was a play. The supervision of the police through which he was harassed not without more affected his material conditions but moreover reduced him to a state of perfect isolation. Mussolini knew Malatesta well and is before-mentioned to have expressed considerable respect toward him. This respect notwithstanding, the Government certainly made it dangerous for anyone to be known of the same kind with Malatesta’s friend, or to call upon him, to recognise him in the street, or to write to him adhering any pretext. Whatever citizen of Italy made on the same level the mildest approach to recognition of Malatesta was destined to adorn a victim of Fascist persecution. Malatesta was allowed to agree with his foreign friends and even to send them articles. But the answers were opened and whether there was any mention of his Italian friends, that again served as an excuse by reason of further imprisonment. All this came to some end when Malatesta died on July 22nd 1932.

In end of life it is given to us to prize the worth of a man and to pay tribute to his importance as a revolutionary pioneer. Malatesta represented that choice type whose entire being is a defy to all the traditions and governing principles of Capitalist the community. He subordinated the whole of his root to the furtherance of an idea. He put principle before principal. His part was life and not money and not power. Born in the bourgeoisie, a observer at the University at Naples, he corrupted everything when the moment arrived to fix upon his way. He cast aside wholly bonds of family and repudiated his inconsiderable-inherited properties. He made presents of these to the peasants who occupied them on the ground that they were his neighbours. He hardened all bourgeois aspirations and gave up all idea of bourgeois welfare and stuff security. He gave up his sanatory studies in order to become a artisan and an electrical engineer. From this time ~ward he earned his living as a craftsman, often being reduced to the conduit and at times being in unqualified want of a meal. When powerless to obtain a job he casually turned street hawker. All the time he was possessed ~ means of this idea, the emancipation of the undistinguished people. His entire life offered a defined contrast to the labour leader and the partisan. There is no metaphysical complication, ~t any interested subtlety of thought about his emotion or his ideas. His life is frank and candid. As far as potential, living under class society, he tried to exist governed by the ultimate ideals of Anarchy, Commonweal, and Freedom which can only find expression in a of recent origin society of which, from his adolescence to his old age, he was such a fearless and untiring pioneer.”

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