The purpose of this blog is to work through the American canon, as collected by the “The Library of America“, from the perspective of the anarchist tradition. The blog’s title comes from Voltairine de Cleyre’s essay, “Anarchism and American Traditions.” With de Cleyre, I believe that the major tension in American culture is the libertarian, anarchist, and cooperative. Of course, this tension battled with corporatism, capitalism, nationalism, religion, and other anti-libertarian tensions that cloud our view of America. I hope to show how the American tradition speaks to the continuing conflict between the forces of conformity and individualism, the state and the community, freedom and slavery, socialism and capitalism. I will be completing around one volume of “The Library of America” every week. “Tashqueedagg” (from Tashtego, Queequeg, and Daggoo) suggests the international working class as described in “Moby Dick.”
My real name is Evan Lampe. I can be reached at email@example.com. I reside in Taiwan but remain emotionally tied to the United States and its wonderful and liberating literary culture.