Anarchist Studies

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 2, 2014

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In 2014, the government of Brazil blew roughly 11.63 billion on the FIFA World Cup. Mass protests against this fiasco, before and during the event, were met with harsh police repression, in the course of which Mikhail Bakunin became a 'subject of interest'....
Anarchism and the Marxist Critique of Capitalism
Anarchism and the Marxist Critique of Capitalism Wayne Price, The Value of Radical Theory: An Anarchist Introduction to Marx's Critique of Political Economy Oakland, CA: AK Press 2013; 200pp; ISBN 978-1939202017 Sasha Li I ley, Capitalism and its Discontents...
Anarchism Today
Randall Amster, Anarchism Today Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2012; 230 pp; ISBN-13: 978-0313398728Randall Amster teaches at Prescott College in Arizona. He has been active in the anarchist movement for many years. In Anarchism Today, he presents an overview...
Bakunin and the Human Subject
'When you don't know where you're going it's important to remember where you came from. ' African ProverbPROLOGUEIn the opening pages of Bakunin: the Philosophy of Freedom I offered a quote from the Ghanaian poet Ayi Kwei Armah: 'The present is where...
Bakunin's Anti-Jacobinism: 'Secret Societies' for Self-Emancipating Collectivist Social Revolution
The historiography of nearly the past century and a half may render surprising - if not, to some, jolting - the juxtaposition, in the title, of the noun 'anti-Jaco- binism' to the possessive form of Bakunin's surname. This is the point. Bakunin's idea...
Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897-1921
Kirwin R. Shaffer, Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897-1921 Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013; 256pp; ISBN 978-0252037641Black Flag Boricuas introduces us to the two decades of greatest movement...
Colin Ward
David Goodway, 'Colin Ward' in Anarchist Seeds beneath the Snow Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2006; 401 pp; ISBN 978-1-84631-025-6Carissa Honeywell, 'Colin Ward and the Future of British Anarchism' in A British Anarchist Tradition London: Bloomsbury,...
Hegel and Anarchist Communism
ABSTRACTIn this essay, I argue that there are two more or less distinct theories of the State in Hegel. The first, and better known, is developed in the Philosophy of Right, wherein Hegel endorses the notion of a coercive, centralised, and hierarchical...
Joseph Beuys
Allan Anti iff, Joseph Beuys London: Phaidon, 2014; 146pp; ISBN 978-0-7148-6134-0As Antliff argues, Joseph Beuys continues to be a 'polarizing figure' both within and beyond the art world. This new monograph focuses on Beuys's provocative 'actions' of...
Permanent War: Grids, Boomerangs, and Counterinsurgency
Abstract: Rooted in Michel Foucault's (2003: 15,47) conception of politics - '[P]olitics is a continuation of war by other means' - this paper seeks to support and draw attention to the 'primitive or permanent war' that underlies society in its modern...
Precarious Communism: Manifest Mutations, Manifesto Detourned
Richard Gilman-Opalsky, Precarious Communism: Manifest Mutations, Manifesto Detourned Autonomedia / Minor Compositions, 2014; 144pp; ISBN-13: 978-1570272929In Precarious Communism Gilman-Opalsky explains that the purpose of any manifesto, including his...
Sewing Freedom: Philip Josephs, Transnationalism and Early New Zealand Anarchism
Jared Davidson, Sewing Freedom: Philip Josephs, Transnationalism and Early New Zealand Anarchism Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2014; 174pp; ISBN 978-1849351324In this gem of a biography, Jared Davidson recovers the life and achievements of one of the often-forgotten...
Social Media: A Critical Introduction
Christian Fuchs, Social Media: A Critical Introduction London: Sage, 2014; 304pp; ISBN 978-1446257319.In his Social Media: A Critical Introduction, Christian Fuchs sets out to provide an account of social media that draws on a Marxist understanding of...
The Anarchist Rabbi
Adam Kossoff, The Anarchist Rabbi (2014), 44 minutes.Adam Kossoff marvellous film tells the story of Rudolf Rocker's London years, his involvement in the Jewish anarchist movement and the development of anarchist communism and anarcho-syndicalism. Steven...
The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho-Punk 1980-1984
Ian Glasper, The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho-Punk 1980-1984 Oakland: PM Press, 2014; 496pp; ISBN 978-1604865165The Day the Country Died is the second in a series of four books by Ian Glasper documenting the DIY hardcore/punk scene in the...
The Knights Errant of Anarchy: London and the Italian Anarchist Diaspora (1880-1917)
Pietro di Paola, The Knights Errant of Anarchy: London and the Italian anar- chist Diaspora (1880-1917) Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013; 244pp; ISBN 978-1846319693Anarchists disapprove of the state and they hate its police forces. Historians...
The Poetry of the Possible: Spontaneity, Modernism, and the Multitude
Joel Nickels, The Poetry of the Possible: Spontaneity, Modernism, and the Multitude London & Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012; 272pp; ISBN 978-0816676095Joel Nickels' book is a fine work of scholarship attentive to the political nuances...
Victor Serge: The Worst of the Anarchists
Victor Serge: The Worst of the Anarchists Susan Weissman, Victor Serge: A Political Biography London: Verso, 2013; 368pp; ISBN 978-1844678877Victor Serge (1890-1947) is experiencing something of a revival. This is understand- able, given the power of...
We Have Nothing of Our Own but Time: Baltasar Gracian's Strategy of Disrespectful Opportunism
ABSTRACTThis essay presents an interpretation of Baltasar Gracian's philosophy, reading his work as part of a theoretical project around the emancipatory potential of a practice of 'disrespectful opportunism'. It argues that Gracian's legacy is invaluable...
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