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Anarchism and Other Essays Hardcover – December, 2001
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If this happens to be your problem then this book will be ideal if you want to discover what this political philosophy stands for and what its issues are and, indeed, have been for a long time.
Emma Goldman, a woman with as fiery a personality as they come, has put together here a number of essays about anarchy that are easy to comprehend and definately thought inspiring.
Despite this book having been first published in 1917 it loses nothing of its importance in the current state affairs as all of the issues Goldman deals with not only remain unsolved but they have -in the meantime- become a social burden or a social disaster much worse than back in her time. Oh, and back in her time things already looked bad enough.
What you get here is, summarily, the following:
-anarchy, what is it and what does it stand for? Beyond the mainstream media cliches anarchy stands for personal and societal freedom of the highest conceivable order. A freedom, anarchists insist, that is not a utopia. It's basically a hard lesson in crushing your illusions and opening unthought of doors of perception of what freedom really means. That would be then something other than being in a cage and having food thrown in. Even if the cage is invisible..
-Hard punching essays about the prison system and the everself-destructing notion of patriotism..Read more ›
"Anarchism urges man to think, to investigate, to analyze every proposition... (Anarchism is the) philosophy of a new social order based on liberty unrestricted by man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence, and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary.
"The new social order rests, of course, on the materialistic basis of life; but while all Anarchists agree that the main evil today is an economic one, they maintain that the solution of that evil can be brought about only through the consideration of every phase of life,--individual, as well as the collective; the internal, as well as the external phases.
"A thorough perusal of the history of human development will disclose two elements in bitter conflict with each other; elements that are only now beginning to be understood, not as foreign to each other, but as closely related and truly harmonious, if only placed in proper environment: the individual and social instincts. The individual and society have waged a relentless and bloody battle for ages, each striving for supremacy, because each was blind to the value and importance of the other.Read more ›
I also recommend Michael Bakunin's works, especially "God and the State."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nearly quit the book during the horrible introduction by Hippolyte Havel. Fortunately, the essays themselves are well written and interesting. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Jaroslav Tuček
It doesn't have the last essay that is in every single other edition I have checked, and is supposed to be in it according to Wikipedia, "The Drama: A Powerful Disseminator of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by James
A brilliant deconstruction and criticism of american society as well as the effects of our blindness to reality.Published 2 months ago by sergiodnila
BUYER BEWARE! This is a public domain work by Emma Goldman, which is published by several publishers, but this particular one is published by a fascist publishing house and the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ReadFan21
The essays are excellent in themselves but someone needs to put them in a historical perspective. When were they written? This edition doesn't tell us. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is NOT the original "Anarchism and Other Essays." Whoever put this together self-published it and it DOES NOT INCLUDE one essay, and the other essays are titled... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ryan Rothschiller
I always wanted to learn more about anarchism, I just never knew where to even begin. I didn't want to begin with the 19th Century stuff, so I went with this book. Read morePublished on April 19, 2014 by acorndude42
Currently, as we sense the decline of the labor movement, the fraying of the social safety net, the widening of income gaps, the disappearance of the middle class and the rise of... Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by Pop Bop