Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Colin Ward

By Colin Ward

What do anarchists wish? it kind of feels more uncomplicated to categorise them via what they don't wish, specifically, the agencies of the nation, and to spot them with rioting and protest instead of with any coherent ideology. yet with demonstrations like these opposed to the area financial institution and the foreign financial Fund being blamed on anarchists, it's transparent that an evidence of what they do stand for is lengthy past due.

Colin Ward presents solutions to those questions by means of contemplating anarchism from numerous views: theoretical, ancient, and overseas, and through exploring key anarchist thinkers, from Kropotkin to Chomsky. He seems significantly at anarchism through comparing key principles inside of it, similar to its blanket competition to incarceration, and coverage of "no compromise" with the gear of political decision-making. Can anarchy ever functionality successfully as a political strength? Is it extra "organized" and "reasonable" than is presently perceived? regardless of the politics of the reader, Ward's argument guarantees that anarchism should be far better understood after experiencing this book.


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By the year 2000, prisons in the United States had received their two-millionth inmate. The sociologist David Downes remarked at a conference on crime at New York University that no other nation in history has ever put a bigger proportion of its citizens in jail. The judicial system also ensures that African-American men have a 1 in 4 chance of going to prison during their lifetimes, while the chance is 1 in 23 for their white fellow citizens. Professor Downes was asked whether Europe would be affected by the American example.

The new managerialism has such insubstantial foundations and has aroused such resentment among people proud of their professional skills (as was also true of skilled workers displaced by globalization) that it is bound to be challenged by a new breed of advocates of 30 workplace democracy. Already the authors of alternative textbooks of management are borrowing the language, if not the intentions, of the anarchists, for example with a manual entitled Managing Without Management, and another called Action and Existence: Anarchism for Business Administration.

Zapata himself was ambushed and killed in 1919. In the Russian Revolution of 1917 the Bolshevik seizure of power was pushed through with anarchist slogans like ‘Bread and Freedom’ and ‘All Power to the Soviets’, which were very far from daily experience in the new regime. The anarchist hero of the revolution was the Ukrainian peasant Nestor Makhno, organizing peasant land seizures and defending them from both the Bolsheviks and the Whites. Returning Russian exiles included Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman, deported from the United States, and Kropotkin, who had been obliged to live abroad for 40 years.

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