The Anarchists / Edition 1

The Anarchists / Edition 1

by Irving Louis Horowitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0202307689

ISBN-13: 9780202307688

Pub. Date: 05/05/2005

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

In his new introduction to The Anarchists, Horowitz points out that anarchism is an ideology in search of a movement, and also a psychology in search of a polity. While this seems to be a paradox, the fact is that anarchism has more than one hundred thousand entries on electronic search engines, but one can search high and low for a society that embraces its

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In his new introduction to The Anarchists, Horowitz points out that anarchism is an ideology in search of a movement, and also a psychology in search of a polity. While this seems to be a paradox, the fact is that anarchism has more than one hundred thousand entries on electronic search engines, but one can search high and low for a society that embraces its essential anti-Statist vision. At the same time, anarchism continues to attract people to its premises, seemingly generation after generation. Despite similarities in values and goals, anarchism seems especially attractive to those for whom individualism rather than collectivism provides a way of life. In this, it stands at the opposite pole from Behemoth, from the gods of political order.

The Anarchists is a rich 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. Thomas Paine wrote, "Government even in its best state is but a necessary evil. This was a sentiment echoed by Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said, "the less government we have the better." The Anarchists offers the most thoughtful and comprehensive selection of writings by and about those who protest against all rule by man over man, particularly that embodied in the State. As such, this anthology presents the history and philosophy of anarchism in the words of thirty-five of its greatest students, observers, and proponents.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202307688
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
05/05/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1The theory
Sect. 1Anarchism as a critique of society
The fall of natural man65
Anarchism and government70
Property and revolution88
The rights of man and the principles of society106
Social and economic bases of anarchism120
Modern science and anarchism145
State socialism and libertarianism169
The ideology of anarchism183
Sect. 2Anarchism as a style of life
The inspector and the professor194
Underground man212
What is to be done?232
Rebellious man250
Love among the free268
"... we will fight until the last moment"283
Sect. 3Anarchism as a system of philosophy
The ego and his own291
Civil disobedience311
True civilization and personal liberty321
Anarchism and consent330
Anarchism and modern society344
Philosophy and the social crisis353
Pt. 2The practice
Sect. 1The historical dimension
Anarchism in Spain367
Anarchism versus the Italian state391
American propagandists of the deed419
Anarchism in France440
Land and freedom : peasant anarchism in Russia463
Anarchism in Latin America and Northern Europe482
Kronstadt : the final act in Russian anarchism495
Anarchist labor federations in the Spanish civil war507
Sect. 2The sociological dimension
Class war and the ethics of violence522
On treason against natural societies545
The social dysfunctions of organization551
Revolution sacred and profane562
On the revival of anarchism572
A postscript to the anarchists581

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