(1859 – 1953) was a British anarchist
Born in Earls Barton
, Barker moved to Leyton
in 1878 to become an assistant schoolmaster
and joined the National Secular Society
. In 1880, he openly opposed Charles Bradlaugh
's support for the Coercion Bill
. Bradlaugh was a leading figure in the Secular Society. Barker gained the support of the majority of the Stratford
branch of the Secular Society, but failed to influence its national politics.
The Stratford group disaffiliated from the National Society to form the "Stratford Dialectical and Radical Club". This group professed socialism
, and Barker became their secretary. Joe Lane
showed Barker newspapers produced by American anarchist Benjamin Tucker
, and Barker took up a correspondence with Tucker.
Barker and Lane set up a new group, the Labour Emancipation League
, which in 1884 merged with H. M. Hyndman
's organisation to form the Social Democratic Federation
. The majority of the group soon split to form the Socialist League
, and Barker followed Lane into the new organisation. By this time, Lane was an active anarchist
, and sided with the anti-Parliamentary faction in the group. He appears to have left around the same time as Lane, at the end of the decade, and by 1895 was active in an organisation named the "Anarchist Communist Alliance".
In 1892, Barker became the secretary of Walthamstow Workingmen's Club
, a post he held until 1950. Continuing in... Read More