Johann Most: The Social Monster

December 12, 2012 § Leave a comment


This week we are reading from Johann Most – The Social Monster.

Johann Most is famous for his popularizing the concept of propaganda by the deed.  In “Action as Propaganda” he said “we preach not only action in and for itself, but also action as propaganda.”.

The New York Times describes him one day after his release from jail – “Most was seedy.  He wore a black suit, the coat an abbreviated Prince Albert, greasy and glossy and whitened with cigar ashes, a buff waistcoat buttoned almost to his throat, and a cheap ventilated white straw hat pushed back from his bald forehead.  His puffed face was a dull, dead red where it could be seen through his grizzled beard.  He seemed to be more interested in the settlement of the beer account than in anything that developed during the day.”


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