July 22– ERRICO MALATESTA
An Italian communist-anarchist who promoted revolution through direct action, land seizure & the general strike. Born with great wealth, he spent all of it on radical causes until he was buried in a pauper’s grave. He organized numerous demonstrations, radical newspapers, & workers’ insurrections in Europe & Argentina despite constant exile & arrest. Frequently escaped execution & often traveled in disguise.
“Not whether we accomplish anarchism today, tomorrow, or within ten centuries, but that we walk towards anarchism today, tomorrow, and always.”
JULY 22, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Festival of Boredom and Reveries.
ALSO ON JULY 22 IN HISTORY…
1927 — Social theorist Albert Meister born, Basel, Switzerland.
1932 — Anarcho-communist theorist Errico Malatesta dies, Rome, Italy.
1934 — John Dillinger shot and killed outside Biograph theater, Chicago.
1946 —Irgun bombs King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 90 Brits.
Adapted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective