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Anarchist reading materials request

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by deadsmart, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. deadsmart

    deadsmartExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member


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    Hey, was wondering if someone can recommend some books/pamphlets/etc on anarchist ideals, methods, history.

    Specifically, what writings are considered "essential" anarchist reading?

    I've read lots of different pieces of things on the internet but would like a solid book to consume (mentally).

    Thanks!

    (I did numberous searches in the forums for this but couldn't find anything so if this is already a topic somewhere, please post the link)
     

  2. nodz

    nodzExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member


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    Go to forums home page and then anarchism and activism forum and there is a couple of links to Anarchopedia and AFAQ (anarchist frequently asked questions). In the bibliography the AFAQ quotes many pamphlets, books and people that you can then search on the internet. You can also go to a number of book sites and purchase a copy of some of those books.
     
  3. ungovernable

    ungovernableAutonome Staff Member Uploader Admin Team Experienced member


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    Some essentials reading by famous anarchist philosophers:

    Proudhon - what is proprety & theory on proprety
    Bakunin - god and state
    Bakunin - libertarian socialism
    Bakunin - general theories on revolution
    Bakunin - complete writtings (a book)
    Kropotkin - the anarchist morale & the anarchist principles
    kropotkin - conquest of bread
    Noam chomsky - understanding power
    Chomsky - Manufacturing Consent
    Voline - the unknown revolution (HUGE books but it will teach you everything about the russian revolution)
    Nestor makhno - against the state

    Pretty much everything by Errico Malatesta (start with "At the cafe" and "between farmers" (not sure of the english names))


    theories is not the only thing you should read, you should also read about the anarchist history.
    Commune of paris, makhnovtchina and revolution in ukraine, the first international, kronsdadt sailors, zapatista movement, etc...
     
  4. nodz

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  5. NGNM85

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    I'd highly recommend Chomsky's "Anarchism", a compilation of writing on the subject put together by AK press. It's absolutely incredible, although if you're really into his work you might already have most of it as the material has been published in different formats. I'd also highly recommend "Demanding the Impossible" by Peter Marshall, it has a few flaws and errors, but you really can't beat it for a thorough history of Anarchism from it's precursors in Hellenic and Asian philosophy to modern day. Daniel Guerin's "Anarchism" is also quite good.
     
  6. statuliber

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    in the german language Horst Stowassers "Anarchie" is considerd a rahter important overview, but I guess it isn't translated to english or hard to get... don't know.
     
  7. nodz

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  8. Wid

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    Ungovernable's list was excellent. From the classics, I'd also like to add Emma Goldman, who was well ahead of her male peers on so, so many issues, including the critique of patriachy, gay rights, the importance of art and culture to revolutionary strugle and so on and so on. Her autobiography, Living My Life, is a superb synthesis of politics and narrative, and her various collections of essays are most enlightening. In fact, from a feminist perspective, Mother Brown is also a key, but under-recorded figure in American anarchist history. She was one of the great union leaders and theorists, but, of course, phalocentric histories ignore her.

    The key anarchist revolutionary 'moments' in the western tradition include the Ukranian revolution, the Spanish Civil war and the Paris Commune. Reading about any of these will be profitable. My particular area of interest in anarchist history is that of radical movements in my own country, England, during our own revolution in the 17th century. Cristopher Hill's book The World Turned Upside Down is the best geberal account of this I know, and all of the works of Gerard Winstandley (the most radical theorist of the age) are excellent if you can filter out the veneer of religious language.

    There are so many incredible anarchist writers, its impossible to start to name them all, especially since I don't even know most of them. One who I am curently reading, and am greatly impressed by is Grubacic, a sociologist who analyses the recent history of the Balkans, (where he is from) and international labour history, especially the IWW.
     
  9. deadsmart

    deadsmartExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member


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    Wow, thanks, time for me to get reading!

    I'll be checking out those sites for sure but I prefer (when reading for long periods) to read from a physical book. Definately have to check for some of those. I wasnt sure at all where to begin reading about the history of anarchy, so thanks for the help with the specifics ungov, wid, ngn.

    And now to copy/paste all these to save them.....
     
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