Rudolf Rocker's memoirs
My current big project is a translation of Rudolf Rocker's memoirs. Rocker (1873-1958) is best known as the leading early thinker of German anarcho-syndicalism and a co-founder of the Freie Arbeiter Union Deutschlands (FAUD, Free Workers' Union of Germany) and the International Workers' Association (IWA). In the course of his life, he had to flee France and England once each and Germany twice. His story includes appearances by some of the most interesting people in 19th & 20th century Europe, including Louise Michel, Errico Malatesta, Ravachol, & Johann Most. His memoir is both a valuable tutorial in radical history and a trove of lessons for organizing.
I've got a great publisher behind this project and I've already started working on the translation based on excerpts that were published in German in 1975. HOWEVER, the complete manuscript is in an archive in Amsterdam and runs to well over 2,000 pages. The cost of getting a digital copy of that manuscript as well as the incredible amount of time and labor that this project demands all adds up.
That's why I'll be starting an online fundraiser soon, but more about that later...
Rudolf Rocker (back row, 2nd from left), his wife Milly Witkop (seated in front of him), and a few of their ne'er-do-well friends in 1890s London
I've been researching far-right populist rhetoric for several years and, starting in the summer of 2020, I began laying the groundwork for a future book about narratives of invasion, resistance, and expansion and the ways that they have been used to recruit, incite action, and shape international solidarites among neo-fascists on both sides of the North Atlantic. (I'm a lot of fun at parties.) It may all sound a bit esoteric, but I believe it can actually help make events of recent years much more easily comprehensible -- and provide a useful tool for non-experts to push back against modern-day authoritarianisms.