Anarchism

ISBN-10: 0192804774
ISBN-13: 9780192804778
Edition: 2004
Authors: Colin Ward
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Description: What do anarchists want? It seems easier to classify them by what they don't want, namely, the organizations of the State, and to identify them with rioting and protest rather than with any coherent ideology. But with demonstrations like those  More...

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List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/30/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

What do anarchists want? It seems easier to classify them by what they don't want, namely, the organizations of the State, and to identify them with rioting and protest rather than with any coherent ideology. But with demonstrations like those against the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund being blamed on anarchists, it is clear that an explanation of what they do stand for is long overdue. Colin Ward provides answers to these questions by considering anarchism from a variety of perspectives: theoretical, historical, and international, and by exploring key anarchist thinkers, from Kropotkin to Chomsky. He looks critically at anarchism by evaluating key ideas within it, such as its blanket opposition to incarceration, and policy of "no compromise" with the apparatus of political decision-making. Can anarchy ever function effectively as a political force? Is it more "organized" and "reasonable" than is currently perceived? Whatever the politics of the reader, Ward's argument ensures that anarchism will be much better understood after experiencing this book.

Colin Ward was born in Walthamstow, east London. After graduating from Smithfield College he ran a successful meat marketing business. He is a committed Arsenal supporter and has written a number of bestselling football books, including STEAMING IN, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.

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Quiet revolutions
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