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Anarchism and Its Aspirations (Anarchist Interventions) Paperback – May 1, 2010
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Anarchism also poses the way to do it, by organizing from the bottom up as democratically as possible instead of top-down, working to change things in the hear and now as well as visioning a better world. Anarchists traditionally have tried to live the change they want to see, pre-figuring their politics into their organizations. They also actively work to create spaces that envision what they're looking to create, like social centers and infoshops. Anarchists also recognize that there is a democratic impulse within people and that often revolutions come about when this impulse reaches a breaking point, only to be later crushed by the people who take power in the name of the revolution, as can be seen in the French Revolution, Russian Revolution, Mexican Revolution, Spanish Revolution, or more recently in Gwangju, South Korea.Read more ›
I probably jumped way too fast at this book after seeing the excellent ratings it got here. I expected a quick and direct intro to anarchism regarding its history, theorists, perspectives, different branches and so on, but instead got greeted by very vague opinions that really did not improve my knowledge on what is anarchism in one tiny bit. most of the book felt like an endless succession of "anarchism is about freedom, goodness and fighting domination and oppression in all its many forms, yay!" - nothing of which is necessarily wrong, but lacks much substance, imho. every now and then there is a bit of actual fact or information there, but usually as a quick note, never expanded upon.
tl;dr: if you have absolutely no idea what anarchism might be and, as another reviewer noted "you ever wondered what all those kids in black are on about", this book might work for you. if you want something more serious and direct look somewhere else, really.