Anarchist Studies

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, 2014

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In the winter of 1917, following the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II on 2 March and the declaration of a Republic, Russian anarchists in North America were ecstatic, including Volin (Vsavolod Mikhailovich Eikhenbaum) and Maksim Raevskii, editors of the...
Against the Nation: Anti-National Politics in Germany
Robert Ogman, Against the Nation: Anti-National Politics in Germany Porsgrunn, Norway: New Compass Press, 2013, 110pp; ISBN-13: 978-8-293064-20-6.In Against the Nation, Robert Ogman discusses the (re)emergence of anti-national politics in the German...
Contes D'un Rebelle
Manuel Devaldès, Contes d'un rebelle Saint-Martin de Bonfossé : Théolib, 2013, 146 pp; Introduction by Marie-France de Palacio; ISBN: 978-2-365000-62-8.French literary history considers the short story a minor genre and anthologies rarely go beyond Maupassant,...
Guest Editorial: In the Beginning
A lingering sense of origin continues to lay claim to our hearts and minds. It beckons because we have been exiled from something. Odysseus seeks a return in his Odyssey and in fact there may be no older figure in Western civilization than the wanderer,...
Haymarket Scrapbook
Franklin Rosemont and David Roediger (eds), Haymarket Scrapbook Chares Kerr Publishing Company and AK Press, second edition, 2012, 272pp; ISBN-13: 978-1849350-80-8.1 May 1886 represented a landmark date in the history of the U.S. labour movement. On...
Justice, Order and Anarchy. the International Political Theory of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Alex Prichard, Justice, Order and Anarchy. The International Political Theory of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon London and New York: Routledge, 2013, 226pp; ISBN-13: 978-0-415596-88-6.Proudhon's international thought is not well known in the English-speaking...
Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red
Alex Prichard, Ruth Kinna, Saku Pinta and David Berry (eds), L ibertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, 328pp; ISBN-13: 978-0-230280-37-3.The links between the two schools of revolutionary socialism - Marxism...
Lifestyle Politics and Radical Activism
Laura Portwood-Stacer, Lifestyle Politics and Radical Activism New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013, 208pp; ISBN: 978-1-441184-26-9.Bookchin's best-known polemic may be nineteen years old, but 'lifestylist' endures as a slur in many anarchist circles....
Making Another World Possible: Anarchism, Anti-Capitalism and Ecology in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Britain
Peter Ryley, Making Another World Possible: Anarchism, Anti-Capitalism and Ecology in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Britain New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2013, 224pp; Contemporary Anarchist Studies Series; ISBN-13: 978-1-441154-40-8.Contemporary...
Pistoleros! the Chronicles of Farquhar McHarg
Farquhar McHarg, Pistoleros! The Chronicles of Farquhar McHarg Oakland, CA: PM Press/Christie Books, 2011, Volume 1: 1918, 256pp; ISBN: 978-1- 604864-01-4.As Stuart Christie mentions in the introduction, Farquhar McHarg (a famous anarchist born in 1900...
Polite Anarchy in International Relations
Zaheer Kazmi, Polite Anarchy in International Relations Houndmills: Palgrave, 2012, 288pp; ISBN: 978-1137028-11-2.This is the first English-language monograph to present an explicitly anarchistic theory of international politics. Zaheer Kazmi completed...
Proudhon and the Labour Theory of Property
The French mutualist anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-65) is best known for his treatise What is Property? and his famous answer to that question was: property is theft!1 The main objective of his book was to establish the grounds for the just...
Radicalism: A Philosophical Study
Paul McLaughlin, Radicalism: A Philosophical Study Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2012, 214 pp; ISBN 978-0-230347-84-7.In Radicalism: A Philosophical Study, Paul McLaughlin sets out to define radical political philosophy, to encourage mutual respect...
Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology
Joyce L. Kornbluh (ed.), Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology Oakland, CA: PM Press, Chicago: Charles H. Kerr; Pontypool: Merlin Press, 464pp; ISBN-13: 978-0850366-51-8.Rebel Voices has been consistently praised as the best single-volume history of the Industrial...
Sages and Movements: An Incomplete Peter Kropotkin Bibliography
The bibliography produced below is the result of research undertaken as part of my Kropotkin anthology project (Direct Struggle Against Capital: A Peter Kropotkin Anthology, AK Press, Spring 2014). While working on this project, it soon became clear...
Socialism and Strategy: A Libertarian Critique of Leninism1
Socialists seeking strategies for a better future have to consider what forms of organisa- tion - now and in the future - may promote a new equitable society. It is natural that they should reconsider which facets of their traditions are useful and worth...
The Anthropology of Anarchist Solidarity
The Anthropology of Anarchist SolidarityThomas Gibson and Kenneth Sillander (eds), Anarchic Solidarity: Autonomy, Equality and Fellowship in Southeast Asia New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011, 310pp; ISBN-13: 978-0-938692-94-2.The evolutionary anthropologist...
The Concealment of the State
Jason Royce Lindsey, The Concealment of the State London: Bloomsbury, 2013, 182+xpp; ISBN: 978-1-441102-06-5.The Concealment of the State discusses what it conceives to be the dominant ideological position of the contemporary developed states: their...
The Housing Monster
Prole.info, The Housing Monster Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2012, 147 pp; ISBN-13: 978-1-604865-30-1.Anarchists have been wrestling with the politics of the built environment since the middle of the twentieth century, if not earlier. John F. C. Turner wrote...
The Story of the Iron Column: Militant Anarchism in the Spanish Civil War
Abel Paz, The Story of the Iron Column: Militant Anarchism in the Spanish Civil War London, Berkeley: Kate Sharpley Library and Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2011, 225pp; translated by Paul Sharkey; ISBN-13: 978-1-849350-64-8.Abel Paz (pen name of Diego Camacho,...
Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play
James C. Scott, Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2012, 200pp; ISBN: 978-0-691155-29-6.In James C. Scott's late works, anarchism, or at least...
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