ADAMS, M.S., 2020. Community, communion, and communism: Religion and spirituality in Herbert Read’s anarchism. IN: Christoyannopoulos, A. (ed.) Essays in Anarchism and Religion: Volume III. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, pp. 1 - 17.
Herbert Read was not a religious anarchist, but a concept of the spiritual played a significant role in his thought. Examining his relationship with the socialist and writer H.G. Wells, this chapter explores the ways in which Read offered a spiritually-infused anarchism as an antidote to what he dismissed as the piecemeal politics of the modern technocratic state, and the scientism of certain brands of utopian thinking. The chapter demonstrates that this position was essential to his aesthetic politics, and was a product of the post-First World War context in which Read developed his political thinking.