One of the most controversial UK anarchist magazines ever was ‘AUTHORITY’ published as an antidote to ‘ANARCHY’ in the 1970s. Copies of the mag are hard to come by but m’learned friend Phil Guard has just scanned some copies in which I hope to bring you shortly.
Authority No .1 contained an article titled ‘THE MYTH OF KRONSTADT’ exposing anarchist calumnies against the Bolsheviks. Two maps of the Gulf of Finland were shown twenty years apart showing that the island fortress did not e ven exist in 1921 but was built by a Stalinist five year programme completed in 1937. The Trotsky quote ‘shoot them down like patridges’ was also shown to be free of thr sinister meaning attributed by anarchists and was in fact a charming folk song urging people to let their hair down and have a good time.
Authority was not broadly admired within the movement.