The ABC of Anarchism

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A gifted writer for the anarchist movement, Alexander Berkman left Russia for the United States in 1888 when he was eighteen. Thirty-one years later, after serving a prison term for an attempted assassination, he was expelled to the Soviet Union, a country which he eventually renounced. But before his repudiation of the Soviet system, Berkman attempted to answer some of the charges made against anarchism and to present its case clearly and intelligently. This book, first ...
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Overview


A gifted writer for the anarchist movement, Alexander Berkman left Russia for the United States in 1888 when he was eighteen. Thirty-one years later, after serving a prison term for an attempted assassination, he was expelled to the Soviet Union, a country which he eventually renounced. But before his repudiation of the Soviet system, Berkman attempted to answer some of the charges made against anarchism and to present its case clearly and intelligently. This book, first published in 1929, is the result of those efforts.
Thorough and well stated, The ABC of Anarchism is today widely regarded as a classic declaration of the movement's goals and methods. For those who have questions about anarchism, Berkman provides lucid answers. In conversational tones, he discusses society as it existed in the early twentieth century; why in his opinion, anarchy was necessary; the myths surrounding it; and necessary preparations for its successful implementation.
Of the book, Emma Goldman said: "People need a primer of Anarchism—an ABC, as it were, that would teach them the rudimentary principles of Anarchism and whet their appetites for something more profound. [The book] was intended to serve this purpose. That it has fulfilled its purpose no one who has read [it] will deny."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486433691
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 1/11/2005
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 640,988
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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Alexander Berkman (November 21, 1870 - June 28, 1936) was an anarchist known for his political activism and writing. He was one of the best-known members of the anarchist movement in the early 20th century.

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Table of Contents

Part One Now
  Chapter I What Do You Want Out of Life?
  Chapter II The Wage System
  Chapter III Law and Government
  Chapter IV How the System Works
  Chapter V Unemployment
  Chapter VI War
  Chapter VII Church and School
  Chapter VIII Justice
  Chapter IX Can the Church Help You?
  Chapter X Reformer and Politician
  Chapter XI The Trade Union
  Chapter XII Whose Is the Power?
  Chapter XIII Socialism
  Chapter XIV The February Revolution
  Chapter XV Between February and October
  Chapter XVI The Bolsheviki
  Chapter XVII Revolution and Dictatorship
  Chapter XVIII The Dictatorship at Work
Part Two Anarchism
  Chapter XIX Is Anarchism Violence?
  Chapter XX What Is Anarchism?
  Chapter XXI Is Anarchy Possible?
  Chapter XXII Will Communist Anarchism Work?
  Chapter XXIII Non-Communist Anarchism
Part Three The Social Revolution
  Chapter XXIV Why Revolution
  Chapter XXV The Idea Is the Thing
  Chapter XXVI Preparation
  Chapter XXVII Organization of Labor for the Social Revolution
  Chapter XXVIII Principles and Practice
  Chapter XXIX Consumption and Exchange
  Chapter XXX Production
  Chapter XXXI Defense of the Revolution
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