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Anarchism Reading Guide - Libcom 2019

Discussion in 'Anarchism and radical activism' started by punkmar77, Mar 7, 2019.

  1. punkmar77

    punkmar77Experienced Member Uploader Experienced member




    Nov 13, 2009
     United States
    Anarchism: reading guide
    Libcom.org's reading guide on anarchism, anarchist theorists and their development through history.

    An Anarchist FAQ - Absolutely massive archive of frequently asked questions, with clear and highly detailed responses drawing on the theory and practice of the anarchist tradition.
    Facing the Enemy: A History of Anarchist Organisation - Excellent history of 19th and 20th century European anarchist movements and how anarchists built revolutionary organisations and movements.
    • Black Anarchism: a reader - Pamphlet compiling the writings of black anarchists from the USA, Africa and Latin America, highlighting the contribution of black people to the international anarchist movement.
    • Quiet Rumours: An Anarcha-Feminist Reader - Anthology of texts by anarchist women and women’s organisations on the connections between anarchism, feminism and the fight against sexism both in society and the movement.
    • Anarchy in Action - Colin Ward - A look at how people organise themselves in human societies, and how this demonstrates the viability of anarchist ideas.
    Federación Obrera Regional Argentina (Argentine Regional Workers' Federation - FORA) - Argentine anarcho-syndicalist union founded in 1901 which played a leading role in the working-class movement at the beginning of the 20th century.
    • The Makhnovists - Officially the Revolutionary Insurgent Army of the Ukraine, the Makhnovists, named after anarchist Nestor Makhno, were an anarchist peasant army which fought both White reaction and Red terror during the Russian Revolution from 1917-1921.
    • International Workers Association (IWA) - International confederation of anarcho-syndicalist unions, founded in 1922, which at its height had multiple sections with memberships in the hundreds of thousands or even millions.
    • Federación Anarquista Ibérica (Iberian Anarchist Federation - FAI) - Class struggle anarchist organisation active in Spain and Portugal and set up to maintain the CNT’s revolutionary anarchist principles.
    • Mujeres Libres (Free Women) - Spanish anarcho-syndicalist women's organisation set up within the CNT in the 1930s to fight the “triple enslavement of women, to ignorance, to capital, and to men”.
    • Friends of Durruti - Spanish anarchist group named after the legendary anarcho-syndicalist, Buenaventura Durruti, and set up in opposition to the CNT’s collaboration with the Republican government during the Spanish Civil War.
    • Federación Anarquista Uruguaya (Uruguayan Anarchist Federation - FAU) - Anarchist-communist group and one of the strongest anarchist movements in Latin America. Went through a period of clandestine armed struggle during the country’s 1973-85 dictatorship and was the first organisation to promote especifismo.
    What is Property? - Influential work on the concept of property in which Proudhon declared "property is theft!".
    • The Philosophy of Poverty
    • The Principle of Federation - Text outlining how a decentralised federation would provide the best way of organising society so as to ensure the fullest liberty for all those living in it.
    Mikhail Bakunin
    Russian revolutionary, considered the original theorist of collectivist anarchism.

    Louise Michel
    Legendary French anarchist who held a leading role in the Paris Commune and played an essential role in building the anarchist movement across Europe at the end of the 19th century.

    Peter Kropotkin
    Russian revolutionary (as well as scientist, zoologist, geographer and evolutionary theorist!) who was the first to advocate a communist society free from central government and based on voluntary associations between workers - anarchist-communism.

    • The Conquest of Bread - Classic work explaining the defects of feudal and capitalist economic systems and how they can be replaced by a decentralised economic system based on mutual aid and voluntary cooperation.
    • Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution - Kropotkin's response to Social Darwinism in which he explains the phenomenon of co-operation in evolution.
    • Fields, Factories and Workshops - Hugely influential work outlining how a society based on mutual aid and voluntary association could work.
    • Memoirs of a Revolutionist - Autobiography recounting his aristocratic beginnings to his transformation into the revolutionary he would be for the rest of his life.
    • The State--Its Historic Role - Classic work on the state and its function in society.
    Lucy Parsons
    American anarchist-communist labour organiser and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World of mixed African-American and Hispanic heritage. Known for her powerful public speaking, she was also the widow of Haymarket Martyr, Albert Parsons.

    Errico Malatesta
    Highly influential Italian anarchist-communist who wrote and spoke widely across Italy and spent many years either in jail or in exile.

    Emma Goldman
    Lithuanian-born Jewish anarchist who emigrated to the USA, where she became highly involved in radical unions, anti-war and feminist activism. Became known as "the most dangerous woman in America".

    Alexander Berkman
    Lithuanian-born anarchist-communist Alexander "Sasha" Berkman, who became a leading figure in the American anarchist movement and was sent to prison for attempting to assassinate Henry Clay Frick, the steel boss responsible for the deaths of workers in the 1892 Homestead strike.

    Rudolf Rocker
    Prominent anarcho-syndicalist who organised extensively amongst the Jewish community in the East End of London.

    Ricardo Flores Magon
    Mexican anarchist, friend of legendary revolutionary Emiliano Zapata and leading participant in the 1910 Mexican revolution.

    • Ricardo Flores Magon, 1873-1922 - biography.
    • Manifesto of the Mexican Liberal Party, 1911 - Manifesto issued by the Organising Council of the anarchist Mexican Liberal Party, September 23, 1911, scattered at that time broadcast and republished in its official organ, Regeneracion.
    • [Without Bosses]Without bosses[/url] - Ricardo Flores Magon writes on why we would be better off in a society without bosses.
    • Government? - "No, there is no need to fear life without government; we long for it with all of our hearts."
    Nestor Makhno
    Ukrainian anarchist-communist who led a revolutionary army during the 1917 Russian revolution which fought against both the old Tsarist regime and the new Bolshevik one.

    Daniel Guerin
    French anarchist and revolutionary supporter of gay liberation.

    Albert Meltzer
    British anarcho-syndicalist print worker who fiercely opposed individualist strains within anarchism and was a major figure in the British anarchist movement.

    Murray Bookchin
    American libertarian socialist and founder of social ecology who severely criticised individualist and spiritual elements within radical politics.

    • Bookchin remembered - Obituary written by Iain Mackay.
    • Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism - Essay against the increasingly individualist, misanthropic, mystical and anti-organisational trends in US anarchism.
    • Listen, Marxist! - An anarchist criticism of Marxism, aimed predominantly at the Maoist Progressive Labor Party in America.
    • Post-Scarcity Anarchism - Collection of essays envisioning an anarchist society without scarce resources, if we rely on technology.
    • Anarchism, Marxism and The Future of The Left - Collection of texts including accounts of his years as a teenage Communist during the Great Depression, his experiences and reflections on the 1960s and his vision of a libertarian communist society, libertarian politics and the future of anarchism.
    • The Spanish Anarchists: The Heroic Years 1868-1936 - History of the day-to-day activism of Spanish anarchists in the decades leading up to the famous civil war and revolution of 1936.
    Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin
    African-American class struggle anarchist, former Black Panther and participant in the civil rights and black power movements.

    part one, two and three - Excellent three-part documentary on the history of anarchism as an international movement, from its origins through to its involvement in numerous revolutions around the world until the Second World War.
    • Living utopia - Unique feature-length documentary which chronicles the origins and evolution of the Spanish anarchist movement and its important role during the 1936-1939 Spanish Revolution. In Spanish with English subtitles.

  2. Spasmolytic

    SpasmolyticMember Forum Member




    Jun 18, 2018
    Uppsala, Sweden Sweden
    good reading list! everyone should look into at least some of the stuff in this list.
  3. Anarchowithoutcapitalism

    AnarchowithoutcapitalismActive Member Forum Member




  4. Kobac

    KobacExperienced Member Uploader Experienced member Forum Member




    Nov 7, 2009
    If i may add few important names of anarchist idea...
    Classic @:
    Max Stirner (individual anarchism) - The ego and his own
    Elisee Reclus - Evolution, revolution and anarchist ideals

    Paul Goodman - Black flag of anarchism
    George Woodcock - Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements
    Fredy Perlman - Against HISstory! Against Leviathan!
    The reproduction of daily life
    The continuing appeal of Nationalism
    Anything can happen
    Wolfi Landstreicher - Against the logic of submission
    Willful disobedience

    Robert Paul Wolff - In defense of anarchism
    John Zerzan (Primitivism) - Anarcho-primitivism against the civilization
    Raoul Vanegeim (Situacionist International, May '68) - Revolution of everyday life
    Guy Debord (SI, May '68) - Society of spectacle
    Bob Black - Abolish work
    Peter Gelderloos - How non-violence protects the state
    Anarchy works