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According to onmilwaukee.com:
“‘No God, No Master’ is the story of U.S. Bureau of Investigation agent William Flynn who is swept into the world of homegrown terrorism during the Red Scare of the early 1900s. His journey into the culture of anarchism sets the stage for a timely drama with resounding parallels to the politics and issues of contemporary society. This action-driven feature film is the story of one man’s odyssey into a universe of power, greed and corruption, forcing him to confront the very principles and values that make him an American.”
Milwaukee was chosen apparently not because Galleanist’s, insurrectionary Italian anarchists, blew up a police station here and regularly instigated riots, but because Milwaukee is said to resemble the early architechture of New York. The link to the Galleanists is still there in that the film focuses on the anarchist movement during the Palmer raids and early red scare, which can’t be mentioned without talking about Luigi Galleani, Sacco and Vanzetti and the bombing of Wall Street by Mario Buda (also believed to have planted the bomb in Milwaukee which killed 11 police.) Anyway, there’s a film being filmed in Milwaukee about Anarchists. The question of its bias or the favorability of the content is a banal point. What’s significant is that it’s being made at all? Are anarchists interesting again? (positioned once again as irreconcilable monsters who haunt society) There is enough of a gulf between the bomb throwing firebrand of the 1910’s and the anti-globalization activist of today to say that this raw material for a film can not be said to be rooted in the contemporary anarchist milieu. Perhaps the content of the anarchist lies in its categorization of a potential threat to society, as identity… Especially if it’s frozen in the past.
The content of the call to “extirpate the miserable brood!” remains heartwarming.
If interested, Paul Avrich’s book Sacco and Vanzetti: The Anarchist Background is an excellent history of Italian anarchists (the largest ethnic grouping of anarchists to have existed) and the Palmer raids.
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