I examine anarchist debates in the U.S. concerning revolutionary violence before and after America joined the conflict in April, 1917, the strategies adopted by movement artists to address Statist violence and the cataclysm of war, and critiques of Communist violence during the Russian Revolution. Topics include reporter-artist Robert Minor's war coverage in the mass circulation New York Call newspaper (1915-16); Man Ray's 1914 painting War AD MCMXIV; the print portfolio Seven Ages of Man (1918) by Rockwell Kent; and critiques of war, capitalism and the State in the Blast, Mother Earth, Revolt and other publications. I track the ways in which anarchists, working across different sites of social engagement, condemned war as a Statist institution while promoting revolutionary violence in aesthetic terms as path to anarchism.
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