- Paperback: 315 pages
- Publisher: Ralph Myles Publisher (June 1, 1970)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879260068
- ISBN-13: 978-0879260064
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,867,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Men Against the State: The Expositors of Individualist Anarchism, 1827-1908
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Up to 50% off select Non-Fiction books
Featured titles are up to 50% off for a limited time. See all titles
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
This book traces the development of individualist anarchism in America from the early experiments in mutualism of Josiah Warren, to the development of philosophical egoism particularly emphasizing early advocates of money and land reform, to the writings of Lysander Spooner and other abolitionist anarchists who later came to support secession, to the writings of Benjamin Tucker in his journal _Liberty_.Read more ›
James J. Martin presents such individuals such as Warren, Andrews, etc., whose political writings were a constructive attempt to improve economic organization which was attempt to improve both living conditions and enhance a free economic theory that would benefit men. The section on Time Stores and mutualism in communities are interesting. These were examples cooperatives that worked surprisingly well until illness decimated these cooperatives. One should note that these individualists, or anarchists if you will, were not violent maniacs attacking the state and attempting to overthrow the state. These men were presenting concepts to withdraw from a rigged economic system and present an effective alternative.
Martin's section on Lysander Spooner is instructive in understanding the United States Constituion. Spooner demonstrates that the Constitution was not an applicable document to succeeding generations who were not around to sign the document. In other words, Spooner argued the only contracts that men should honor were those which they actually signed. Another interesting view of Spooner's was that the Constituion was a document that enabled free men to act independently. If this were so, then why did the U.S.Government use considerable armed force to crush the Confederates whose only political crime was the desire to seceed and to be left along.
Martin's sections on Benjamine Tucker are examples of clear logic and good writing.Read more ›
by James J Martin
includes original forward by Harry Elmer Barnes
This book contains the biographies of several men who advocated varyious types of societies without government. They are some of the ideological ancestors of various modern movements including anarcho-capitalism, individualist anarchism, libertarianism and mutualism. Anybody who sympathizes with any of these philosophies should read this book!
'MEN AGAINST THE STATE' has a special place in my own memory because it was the first place that I learned about Josiah Warren. Warren was an interesting guy who actually got to put his economic ideas into practice. He founded various little colonies including "Modern Times" on Long Island, NY and a second incarnation of "Utopia" in southwestern Ohio. Unlike many contemporary anarchists, Warren believed in private property. His ideas were compared with Pierre Proudhon, although he denied any connection. The first four chapters deal with his activities and his influence. In my opinion, the chapters on Josiah Warren are worth the price of the book.
The most famous men in this book are Lysander Spooner and Benjamin Tucker. Both are discussed at length as well as Ezra Heywood, William H Greene, J.K. Ingalls and Stephen Pearl Andrews. You will notice some similarities between many of these men. Several of them started as ministers, and several of them were abolitionists. Nevertheless, many opposed the Civil War on various grounds ranging from simple pacifism to opposition to state aggression to the constitutional right to secession. It is interesting to hear the internal debates over issues that are still relevant today, such as taxation, labor organizing and the role of a central bank.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From the very first page, James J. Martin misconstrues the individualist tendency of anarchism.
In glossing over the roots and inclinations of Proudhon, it seems the... Read more
The author, James Martin, notes that the purpose of the book is to (Page ix): "Its evolution from the practical stages as a frontier experiment in individual sovereignty and... Read morePublished on February 2, 2010 by Steven Peterson