The Anarchist Reader by George Woodcock

By George Woodcock

Show description

Read or Download The Anarchist Reader PDF

Best communism & socialism books

Post-Marxism Versus Cultural Studies: Theory, Politics and Intervention (Taking on the Political)

Post-Marxism as opposed to Cultural stories is an cutting edge exploration of the moral and political importance of Cultural reports and Post-Marxist discourse thought. It argues that even if Cultural reports and post-Marxism are likely to current themselves as distinctive entities, they really percentage a undertaking -- that of taking up the political.

The Place of Marxism in History (Revolutionary Studies Series)

At a time whilst many repentant leftists are proclaiming Marxism incapable of explaining the recent phenomena of the final region of the 20th century, Ernest Mandel reminds us that Marxism drew from its very inception at the advances of the entire social sciences and emancipation events of its time. In a survey of the a number of assets of Marx and Engels' conception, Mandel identifies the explicit contribution of the 2 pals within the quite a few disciplines to which they utilized themselves: philosophy, political economic system, social heritage, progressive corporation, self-organisation of the operating type, emancipation activities, and internationalism.

Lithuanian social democracy in perspective, 1893-1914

Lithuanian Social Democracy in viewpoint is the 1st booklet in any Western language on Lithuanian Social Democracy. during this paintings Leonas Sabaliunas experiences the clash among and convergence of socialism and nationalism in pre-1914 Lithuania. He analyzes the interaction of ideological priorities through staring at the operations of Marxist political events, emphasizing the origins, improvement, and achievements of the Social Democratic get together of Lithuania.

Additional info for The Anarchist Reader

Sample text

Finally, after many variations on this theme, he sketches out his vision of the free society, based on the teachings of Christ whom he gives the name of Universal Liberty. The passage in which he does so is worth quoting, since it does get surprisingly near - considering the gap of two centuries - to the kind of social arrangement nineteenth-century anarchists projected in their imaginations. When this universal equity rises up in every man and woman, then none shall lay claim to any creature and say, This is mine and that is yours.

In Spain the anarchists showed that in local and spontaneous efforts their methods were effective; where they failed was in co-ordination on a larger scale. For example, in Barcelona it was the anarchist grasp of street fighting tactics that defeated the attempt by Franco's generals to seize power. Similarly, in the rural areas the villagers established free communes, and even critical commentators were impressed by the natural efficiency and Spartan fortitude with which the people set about rearranging their lives on the lines indicated by the nineteenth-century anarchist prophets.

Painters like Pissaro and Signac and Vlaminck and the young Picasso called themselves anarchists; so did poets like Mallarme and men of letters like Oscar Wilde. All anarchists saw themselves as propagandists for freedom but while some confined their propaganda to writing and speaking, others elaborated the theory and practice of propaganda by deed. This was an early form of an idea favoured in our own day, that a political theory becomes valid only when it is activated. It originated, not among the anarchists, Anarchism: A Historical Introduction 43 but with an extreme Italian republican, Carlo Pisacane (who had discarded his title of Duke of San Giovanni), and who probably expressed the idea more succinctly than anyone has since done: 'The propaganda of the idea is a chimera.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.10 of 5 – based on 39 votes