Here we are gathering in honor of Sam Dolgoff, the big man in the plaid shirt with the beer. Sam was a New York Wobbly and career house painter who was also one of the elders of the American Anarchist movement. A committed advocate of anarcho-syndicalism he had edited and translated the definitive English compilation of Russian anarchist Mikhail Bakunin’s writings. On this visit he was introducing his classic, The Anarchist Collectives: Workers’ Self-Management in the Spanish Revolution, 1936-1939. Sam took delight in mentoring new generations—and discouraging them from abandoning class conscious anarchism in for Nihilism and knee jerk street violence.