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Luigi Galleani: Commentary

"[T]he Galleanists went on a bombing campaign around 1919, the intentions of which was to somehow arouse the working people to revolt against the society. What their campaign did was give the State the excuse to launch a crackdown (Red Scare) and smash the anarchist movement in the US. The working class recoiled in revulsion at the indiscriminate bombing tactics of the Galleanists. These committed revolutionary vanguardists had completely misread the working class, who didn't understand the value of bombings, apparently. The irony is that the Galleanists only killed working people in their spree -- yes, they targeted rich folks like J.P. Morgan and others, but the people who paid the price were everyday working folks. The Galleanists didn't succeed in bombing any of their ruling class targets -- they did, however, kill a number of working people." (

Insurrectionary Anarchists, including: Errico Malatesta, Nestor Makhno, Johann Most, Luigi Galleani, Wolfi Landstreicher, Alfredo M. Bonanno, Sebastien Faure, Giuseppe Ciancabilla. Hephaestus Books: 2011.

Schiavina, R. (1998). A Fragment of Luigi Galleani's Life. KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library, volume 15.

Avrich, P. (1983). Review of Luigi Galleani, "The End of Anarchism?"

"Unknown. Luigi Galleani Biography. "ThEy LiE We DiE." portail anarchiste, ressources sur l'anarchisme, annuaire libertaire, autogestion. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2011.

Heller, P. (2010). Luigi Galleani and the Anarchists of Barre.


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