Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Colin Ward

By Colin Ward

What do anarchists wish? it kind of feels more straightforward to categorise them through what they don't wish, particularly, the agencies of the nation, and to spot them with rioting and protest instead of with any coherent ideology. yet with demonstrations like these opposed to the realm financial institution and the overseas financial Fund being blamed on anarchists, it truly is transparent that a proof of what they do stand for is lengthy past due.

Colin Ward offers solutions to those questions through contemplating anarchism from quite a few views: theoretical, ancient, and overseas, and through exploring key anarchist thinkers, from Kropotkin to Chomsky. He appears seriously at anarchism through comparing key rules inside it, corresponding to its blanket competition to incarceration, and coverage of "no compromise" with the equipment of political decision-making. Can anarchy ever functionality successfully as a political strength? Is it extra "organized" and "reasonable" than is presently perceived? regardless of the politics of the reader, Ward's argument guarantees that anarchism could be far better understood after experiencing this book.


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Finally, they should be small because in small, face-to-face groups the bureaucratizing and hierarchical tendencies inherent in all organizations have least opportunity to develop. The 20th century experienced or witnessed every variety of state socialism, and learned that if its rulers are ruthless enough, they can impose, for a while, the most bizarre regimes and describe them as socialism. As socialism has been grossly misrepresented, so anarchism suffers from the widely held view that it is simply another variety of millenarianism, the belief in the eventual arrival, ‘after the revolution’, of a period of ultimate happiness when all the problems that beset humanity will have been solved, permanently.

The new managerialism has such insubstantial foundations and has aroused such resentment among people proud of their professional skills (as was also true of skilled workers displaced by globalization) that it is bound to be challenged by a new breed of advocates of 30 workplace democracy. Already the authors of alternative textbooks of management are borrowing the language, if not the intentions, of the anarchists, for example with a manual entitled Managing Without Management, and another called Action and Existence: Anarchism for Business Administration.

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