faculty

Michael Francisconi, Ph.D.

HPSS

Office

Main Hall 303

Contact

406-683-7328

michael.francisconi@umwestern.edu

A statement from Dr. Francisconi:
“My history is a personal story of intellectual awakening and growth as a radical in love with the wonderment of the radical life-style. Mine is a story of insurrection and rebellion against the limits placed upon human potential in a philistine, commercial, consumer-based, bourgeois society.

This rebellion is at its core anti-capitalist, anti-state, anti-bureaucratic, anti-clerical, anti-patriarchal and anti-positivist. My rebellion has continually evolved as age brought more insight and wisdom. One tradition replaces another as experiences lead naturally to new ways of dealing with life, incorporating what came before in a new light.

Coming of age in the 1960s, I discovered the philosophy of the Russian Anarchists of Bakunin, Kropotkin, Goldman, and Berkman. This became my gospel, as I saw myself as but a small part of the struggle for human dignity and emancipation from the evil trinity of the market economy, organized religion, and the state (any form of government). I felt we would rise up and eradicate the evil trinity; and the malfeasant archangels, patriarchal family and nationalism (patriotism).  This treacherous and heinous alliance would soon too fall to the vengeful sword of the frightful revolutionary mass.

With the collapse of the movement in the early 1970s, the veterans of the old left became beautiful beacons in the night. The Industrial Workers of the World, Socialist party USA, Communist Party USA, and the Socialist Workers Party became my foundation.”