|Born||August 20, 1934|
|Died||July 26, 1985 (aged 50)|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Education||Columbia University (MA)|
University of Belgrade (PhD)
|Occupation(s)||Author, publisher and activist|
|Known for||Against His-Story, Against Leviathan (1983)|
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Fredy Perlman (1934–1985) was an American author, publisher, and activist. His best-known work, Against His-Story, Against Leviathan!, retells the historical rise of state domination through the Hobbesian metaphor of the Leviathan.
Perlman was born August 20, 1934, in Brno, Czechoslovakia, to Henry and Martha Perlman. His family immigrated first to Cochabamba, Bolivia to escape the Holocaust and later to the United States. Perlman received a master's degree from Columbia University and a PhD from University of Belgrade. He married Lorraine Nybakken in January 1958.
His best-known work, Against His-Story, Against Leviathan (1983) rewrites the history of humanity as a struggle of free people ("zeks") resisting the sovereign nation-state (Leviathan). The book influenced the anarcho-primitivist author John Zerzan. Philosopher John P. Clark states that Against His-Story, Against Leviathan! describes Perlman's critique of what he saw as "the millennia-long history of the assault of the technological megamachine on humanity and the Earth." Clark also notes the book discusses "anarchistic spiritual movements" such as the Yellow Turban movement in ancient China and the Brethren of the Free Spirit in medieval Europe.
- Fredy Perlman (1962), Plunder, New York: Living Theatre
- "Essay on Commodity Fetishism". Telos 6 (Fall 1970). New York: Telos Press.
- "The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism"
- "The Reproduction of Daily Life"
- Against His-story! Against Leviathan!
- Worker-Student Action Committees, France May '68 with Roger Gregoire
- Manual for Revolutionary Leaders
- Manual for Revolutionary Leaders Second Edition Including The Sources of Velli's Thoughts (Black & Red, Detroit, 1974)
- "Ten Theses on the Proliferation of Egocrats"
- "Obituary for Paul Baran"
- "The Machine Against the Garden: Two Essays on American Literature and Culture"
- "Chicago, 1968"
- "Anything can happen"
- Illyria Street Commune 1979 (AudioPlay)
- Illyria Street Commune 1979 (Playscript on The Anarchist Library)
- "Deaths: Fredy Perlman". Iowa City Press-Citizen. Iowa City, Iowa. July 29, 1985. p. 3.
- Purkis, Jonathan; Bowen, James, eds. (2005). Changing Anarchism: Anarchist Theory and Practice in a Global Age. Manchester: Manchester University Press. p. 237. ISBN 978-0-7190-6694-8.
- Marcus, Daniel (April 2020). "Information War". Artforum. Vol. 58, no. 8. ISSN 0004-3532.
- Purkis, Jonathan (2004). "Anarchy Unbound: A Tribute to John Moore". In Moore, John; Sunshine, Spencer (eds.). I Am Not a Man, I Am Dynamite! Friedrich Nietzsche and the Anarchist Tradition. New York: Autonomedia. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-57027-121-2. OCLC 249155584.
- John P. Clark, "Anarchism" in Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, edited by Bron Taylor; New York : Continuum, 2008, pp.49–56. ISBN 978-1-84706-273-4
- Having Little, Being Much: A Chronicle of Fredy Perlmans Fifty Years by Lorraine Perlman
- Max Cafard, "The Dragons of Brno: Fredy Perlman against History's Leviathan". Fifth Estate #347, Spring, 1996 Review of Fredy Perlman, Against His-Story, Against Leviathan
- l'Insécurité sociale, "No Compromise with Nationalism". Fifth Estate #325, Spring 1987. Translation of the introduction to the French edition of Fredy Perlman's The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism
- Artnoose, "Love & Letters of Insurgents". Fifth Estate #392, Fall/Winter, 2014 Review of Letters of Insurgents by Sophia Nachalo and Yarostan Vocheck, as told by Fredy Perlman
- Unruhlee, "Reading Letters of Insurgents 34 Years After its Publication". Fifth Estate #383 Summer 2010
- Carleton S. Gholz, "Fifth at 40 Detroit radical rag celebrates its ruby anniversary". Detroit Metro Times, August 10, 2005 Archived September 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Includes discussion of Fredy Perlman's contribution to Fifth Estate newspaper's history
- The Detroit Printing Co-op by Danielle Aubert.
- Gordon, Uri (March 22, 2023). "Leviathan's Body: Recovering Fredy Perlman's Anarchist Social Theory". Anarchist Studies. 31 (1): 58–82. doi:10.3898/AS.31.1.04. ISSN 0967-3393. S2CID 257296248. Gale A743361503.
- Purkis, Jon; Bowen, James, eds. (1997). "Public Secret: Fredy Perlman and the Literature of Subversion". Twenty-First Century Anarchism: Unorthodox Ideas for the New Millennium. Cassell. pp. 117–133. ISBN 0-304-33742-0.