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Sydney Libertarianism

“Sydney Libertarianism” was not so much a unified school, but a loosely shared perspective – developed a highly original and rigorously argued social theory in post-war Australia. Drawing on Australian philosopher John Anderson and elements of Marx, Sorel, Pareto, Reich, Max Nomad and classical anarchism, Libertarianism refused to map out future utopias, but advocated permanent opposition to all elites, new and old and criticisms of illusions and servility from an anti-activist, pluralist view. Strongest in the late 1950s-early 1960s. After 1980, strands of the classic Libertarian perspective continued in smaller, philosophically-oriented Australian circles of “realists, pluralists, and critical drinkers.”


A Reading List for Libertarians, David Iverson 1956
Deadlock in Little Rock, David Iverson 1956
Integration Issues, George Molnar 1957
Ideologies, A J Baker 1958
Sydney Libertarianism, A J Baker 1960
Futilitarianism - a Libertarian Dilemma?, David Iverson 1960
Arbitration and the New Seamen’s Accord, R. Smilde 1960
Is There a New Left?, David Iverson 1960
John Don Passos, Ian Bedford 1960
Authoritarianism and Anti-Authoritarianism, David Makinson 1961
On Authoritarianism – A Reply, R. Smilde 1961
Some Thoughts on Libertarianism, David Ivison 1964
Libertarianism and Philosophy, George Molnar 1965
The Thoughts of Malatesta, Henry Mayer 1965
Meliorism – A Contribution to a Libertarian Symposium, George Molnar 1967
Meliorism, Ross Poole 1967
Illegalism, Kenneth Maddock 1970
Why I am not an Anarchist, David Ivison 1972
In Defense of Anarchism, Jack Taylor 1972

Roberto Michels and Glasnost, S Cooper 1987
Social Theory as a Positive Science, F W Fowler 1988
Anderson’s and Pareto’s social theories, A J Baker 1999
The Experiences Of A “Pommie” Migrant (1955-69), Jack Taylor 2000
Anderson on Marx and Marxism, notes on lectures by John Anderson (2002)