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Anarchism Today

Anarchism Today

by Randall Amster


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With all of the provocative, sometimes highly destructive acts committed in the name of anarchy, this enlightening volume invites readers to discover the true meaning of anarchism, exploring its vivid history and its resurgent relevance for addressing today's most vexing social problems.

In Anarchism Today, an acclaimed scholar and one of the world's foremost advocates for the anarchistic tradition cuts through common misconceptions and caricatures to explore what is perhaps the most poorly understood of all political theories.

As author Randall Amster explains, rather than being an anti-everything rationale for defiance and destruction, anarchism is in fact a coherent set of values and practices with a rich history and contemporary relevance. Passionate and provocative, Amster's book offers readers an expert's perspective on what anarchism really means, including its relationship to other political approaches, its careful balancing of individual liberty and a functioning society, and its controversial image as a wellspring of violence. Along the way, Amster addresses a number of current issues from the perspective of anarchism, including corporate globalization, environmentalism, warfare, nationalism, education, technology, alternative economics, criminal justice, and even spirituality. He concludes with a frank assessment of anarchism's impact and the role it can play in building a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313398728
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/09/2012
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Randall Amster, JD, PhD, is graduate chair of humanities at Prescott College, AZ. He is executive director of the Peace & Justice Studies Association, and serves as contributing editor for New Clear Vision.

Table of Contents

Foreword John Clark ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction: The Resurgence of Anarchism xix

1 Contemporary Anarchist Thought 1

2 Anarchism in Action 23

3 The Violence Question 43

4 Anarchist Ecologies 63

5 "Do It Yourself"-Together 87

6 From the Local to the Global 119

7 Assessing Anarchism's Impact 145

Conclusion: Anarchism as Future Vision 165

Notes 177

Bibliography 207

Index 225

What People are Saying About This

Gabriel Kuhn

"If you're looking for intelligent and well-informed writing on anarchism, read this book."

Victoria Law

"In clear, concise language, Anarchism Today explains historical anarchist theories and explores how they manifest in many of today's movements for justice. A must-read for those both new to and already familiar with anarchism."

Jeff Ferrell

"Clearly written and calmly argued, equal parts a compendium of contemporary anarchism and a quiet manifesto for what's to come, Randall Amster's Anarchism Today is just the right book at the right time. Ably guiding the reader through the many currents of history, theory, and activism that make anarchism the force it is today, Amster persuasively suggests the shape of an anarchist tomorrow as well."

Uri Gordon

"Deeply insightful, up-to-the-minute, and a pleasure to read. Amster's outstanding introduction will be admired by veterans and newcomers alike."

Luis A. Fernandez

"Anarchism Today presents a new and fresh look at anarchism, both as a philosophy and a practice. It contains bold and courageous ideas that will engage the novice and challenge those well-versed in the tradition. In these difficult times, this book leaves you with a sense of hope for the future."

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