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Slaves to Duty | John Badcock, Jr.


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Slaves to Duty is an address delivered by the conscious egoist John Badcock, In, in 1894, before the South Place Ethical Society, London, in which he critiqued the dutiful subject as a deluded but willing slave. Badcock’s talk was so unexpectedly powerful to those in attendance that it was immediately printed as a pamphlet by William Reeves that same year and became something of an underground classic in British radical circles. It was later serialized in Instead of a Magazine, a mimeographed individualist-anarchist monthly edited by Herman Kuehn in the United States, where it also created quite a stir. Further down the line, Slaves To Duty was reissued as a gorgeous pamphlet by the anarcho-pessimist Lauarance Labadie in the early 1930’s, but then dropped off the anarchist map altogether.

Owing to its inexplicable rarity, being long out of print, and the disturbing lack of interest of contemporary North American anarchists in the subjects with which it dealt (mental bondage and voluntary servitude), we consider its‘ republishing timely in a world infested with behavior-regulating, guilt-tripping moralists-including communist, socialist, humanitarian, politically-correct and “revolutionary”. micro-fascists of every description.
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