The Anarchists is a collection of theories and practices in the words of those who have rebelled against the restrictive institutions and oppressive conditions imposed by state power upon the individual. Idealists and self-seekers, saints and assassins, they have often served as the conscience of the world and have expressed with eloquence and convictions, the deep-seatedThe Anarchists is a collection of theories and practices in the words of those who have rebelled against the restrictive institutions and oppressive conditions imposed by state power upon the individual. Idealists and self-seekers, saints and assassins, they have often served as the conscience of the world and have expressed with eloquence and convictions, the deep-seated sense of anarchy that resides, to a greater or lesser degree, in most human beings. Anarchism is not simply a European import; it is deeply rooted in the American political experience. The volume gives strong representation to this side of the anarchist tradition....
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Horowitz was a most eminent sociologist. In this edited volume, he pulls together short excerpts from a variety of anarchist thinkers. His perspective (Page 12): ". . .my own view is that anarchism. . . .is an effort to fashion a radical alternative to the Marxist tradition in its orthodox forms."The book itself traverses a lengthy period of time and a variety of subjects. The book is organized around several sections, each featuring relevant selections by anarchist thinkers. Section 1 focuses on anarchism as a critique of society; Section 2 explores anarchism as a style of life; Section 3 considers anarchism as a system of philosophy; Section 4 looks at anarchis as practice (often referred to as "anarchism in action"); the final section considers the sociological dimension of anarchism.Thinkers represe3nted include the likes of Errico Malatesta, P-J Proudhon, William Godwin, Michael Bakunin, Peter Kropotkin, Benjamin Tucker, Leo Tolstoy, Emma Goldman, Max Stierner, Josiah Warren, Alexander Berkman, and so on. Non anarchists who examine anarchism are also included.This is not necessarily the best set of selections, but it is pretty good. In its time, it was a handy collection of key writings by and about anarchists.
Disclaimer: If you're looking for an excellent anthology of early anarchistic thought, this would definitely be a 4 star book. My 2 stars are based on trying to wrestle through the thing in a reasonable amount of time.What can I say about anarchism? Well, for one, this book has taught me I'm not one. Yes, my libertarian friends won this round. After removing the State we shouldn't immediately go to collectivism (aka voluntary communism) and after much thought regarding our modern era, we probably need some form of national government and military, albeit a highly limited one. I figured all this out after reading the first section of political essays, but to be a good sport I tried to read the rest. OMG so much history. The third section is the history of anarchism nearly everywhere. Probably a great summary at the time but a lot to digest reading straight through. Guessing this is one of those books you should read a few selections from a week, if that. Great to learn all the details about the Haymarket bombing though.Overall, some swell selections representing the classical anarchists but left me wondering how anarchism has changed due to the Cold War and the modern era. Definitely not going to read more political / philosophical stuff for awhile.
At times excruciatingly academic, other times incredibly insightful this collage of essays, fragments, lectures and letters is a thought provoking, at times challenging collage of the life of Anarchism. I personally preferred the personal accounts detailing worker uprisings from 1890's Chicago, to early 1900's Russia, to the radical actions taken in Austria, Spain, France, and Italy, as opposed to the dry recollections written by United States educated professors who preferred to say what could have been said in 50 words in 5000. Also, it is worth pointing out that there are great excerpts from stories written by Camus, Tolstoy, Dostoyefsky and Thoreau. All in all, it is a detailed, at times trying read, but worth it for anybody who wants to learn about the actions taken by those who lived a life many now would deem impossible.
This is the bible of Anarchism.It also reads like a bible (specifically, like the Old Testament).Great as a source of reference if you want to refresh your memory of some of the more famous essays or a quick history recap, definitely would not recommend reading it any other way unless you're okay with 10-page essays that could have been shortened to maybe around 3 pages.
Good overview of thought behind Anarchism. For someone who is interested in the history but never really got into the philosophy behind the movement, this was a good primer.