Two Kinds of Sprit

Appears in

Honey from a Weed

By Patience Gray

Published 1986

A book about food can be as fatiguing as sitting through a six course dinner, so I propose to intrude a digression — offered like a glass of marc or eau de vie to brace the protagonists.

Many people think of anarchism as a symptom of social breakdown, they confuse it with anarchy. The distinction becomes apparent in Kropotkin’s memoirs. Anarchism-which admits both individualism and human brotherhood — is a positive force. And anyone who has spent time in Carrara recognizes it as a way of life.

The handling of gigantic blocks of marble presents impossible tasks. The tasks are tackled by a group of men under a capo — foreman. But in the moment of danger the man who recognizes it is granted complete authority. This is a safety device. Danger fosters personal responsibility, solidarity among equals and improvised methods of dealing with it.