Captain Jack White DSO -- from Imperialism to Anarchism
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Date(s) - Tue 10 May
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hydra Bookshop



Date:  Tues 10th May, 2016

Time: 8:00 pm

Venue: The Hydra Bookshop, BS2 0EZ

Price: Donation

With: Leo Keohane, Kevin Boylan

Captain Jack White DSO attracted adjectives like jam does wasps —

flamboyant, gallant, romantic, handsome, idiosyncratic, incorrigible —

and every one of them was appropriate.

He was a Presbyterian from the northern part of Ireland who fought in

the Boer War, became the first commander of the Irish Citizen Army in

the 1913 Dublin Lockout, was arrested for sedition during WW1, fell foul

of all the police/paramilitary/governmental authorities in Ireland

between 1913 and 1936, and participated in the Spanish Civil War. As

well as travelling the world, Jack also participated in the Tolstoyan

Whiteway Colony in Gloucestershire.

On a more profound level his philosophy, or more correctly, his

mentalite was a spontaneous form of anarchism. He did not describe

himself as such until he went to Spain in the late 1930s where he was

overtly visiting as a Red Cross administrator, but in actual fact was

assisting the CNT-FAI or Spanish anarchist movement. Here he met Emma

Goldman, and also wrote some pamphlets which illustrate his singular

take on Irish nationalism and on the syndicalism of Irish labour leader

James Connolly.

Leo Keohane, author of /Captain Jack White: Imperialism, Anarchism and

the Irish Citizen Army/ (Merrion Press, 2014) is a lecturer in Critical

Theory at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, Ireland.