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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: 5/5/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Irving Louis Horowitz (1929-2012) was Hannah Arendt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University. He was the founder and served as chairman of the board and editorial director of Transaction Publishers. A prolific writer, he authored more than fifty books, as well as hundreds of articles and essays.

Irving Louis Horowitz (1929-2012) was Hannah Arendt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University. He was the founder and served as chairman of the board and editorial director of Transaction Publishers. A prolific writer, he authored more than fifty books, as well as hundreds of articles and essays.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The theory
Sect. 1 Anarchism as a critique of society
The fall of natural man 65
Anarchism and government 70
Property and revolution 88
The rights of man and the principles of society 106
Social and economic bases of anarchism 120
Modern science and anarchism 145
State socialism and libertarianism 169
The ideology of anarchism 183
Sect. 2 Anarchism as a style of life
The inspector and the professor 194
Underground man 212
What is to be done? 232
Rebellious man 250
Love among the free 268
"... we will fight until the last moment" 283
Sect. 3 Anarchism as a system of philosophy
The ego and his own 291
Civil disobedience 311
True civilization and personal liberty 321
Anarchism and consent 330
Anarchism and modern society 344
Philosophy and the social crisis 353
Pt. 2 The practice
Sect. 1 The historical dimension
Anarchism in Spain 367
Anarchism versus the Italian state 391
American propagandists of the deed 419
Anarchism in France 440
Land and freedom : peasant anarchism in Russia 463
Anarchism in Latin America and Northern Europe 482
Kronstadt : the final act in Russian anarchism 495
Anarchist labor federations in the Spanish civil war 507
Sect. 2 The sociological dimension
Class war and the ethics of violence 522
On treason against natural societies 545
The social dysfunctions of organization 551
Revolution sacred and profane 562
On the revival of anarchism 572
A postscript to the anarchists 581
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