What is Anarchism?

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In a clear conversation with the reader, Berkman discusses society as it now exists, the need for Anarchism and the methods for bringing it about. Often mentioned in conjunction with his lover Emma Goldman, Berkman was a leading writer and participant in the 20th-Century Anarchist movement.

The young, idealistic Berkman practiced "propaganda by the deed," attempting to assassinate Henry Clay Frick during the Homestead Steel Strike of 1892. While imprisoned, he wrote the classic ...

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Overview

In a clear conversation with the reader, Berkman discusses society as it now exists, the need for Anarchism and the methods for bringing it about. Often mentioned in conjunction with his lover Emma Goldman, Berkman was a leading writer and participant in the 20th-Century Anarchist movement.

The young, idealistic Berkman practiced "propaganda by the deed," attempting to assassinate Henry Clay Frick during the Homestead Steel Strike of 1892. While imprisoned, he wrote the classic tale of prison life, Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist. After his release, Berkman edited The Blast! and Goldman’s Mother Earth. Deported to Russia in 1919, he saw firsthand the failure of the Bolshevik revolution and dedicated himself to writing this classic primer on Anarchism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781902593708
  • Publisher: AK Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Working Classics Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 504,377
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Alexander Berkman was a leading writer and participant in the 20th century Anarchist movement. The young, idealistic Berkman practiced "propaganda by deed" attempting to assassinate Henry Clay Frick during the Homestead Steel Strike of 1892. While imprisoned, he wrote the classic tale of prison life Prison Memoirs of and Anarchist. After his release, Berkman edited Emma Goldman's Mother Earth and his own paper The Blast!. Deported from New York City to his native Russia in 1919, were he saw first hand the failure of the Bolshevik revolution and dedicated himself to writing the classic primer on Anarchism, What is Anarchism?.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Now
I What Do You Want Out of Life? 2
II The Wage System 7
III Law and Government 11
IV How the System Works 18
V Unemployment 25
VI War 30
VII Church and School 39
VIII Justice 42
IX Can the Church Help You? 60
X Reformer and Politician 64
XI The Trade Union 74
XII Whose is the Power? 84
XIII Socialism 89
XIV The February Revolution 103
XV Between February and October 109
XVI The Bolsheviki 115
XVII Revolution and Dictatorship 124
XVIII The Dictatorship at Work 129
Pt. 2 Anarchism
XIX Is Anarchism Violent? 138
XX What is Anarchism? 145
XXI Is Anarchy Possible? 149
XXII Will Communist Anarchism Work? 156
XXIII Non-Communist Anarchists 169
Pt. 3 The Social Revolution
XXIV Why Revolution 172
XXV The Idea is the Thing 177
XXVI Preparation 183
XXVII Organization of Labor for the Social Revolution 195
XXVIII Principles and Practice 211
XXIX Consumption and Exchange 215
XXX Production 223
XXXI Defense of the Revolution 231
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