9781604860641

Demanding the Impossible : A History of Anarchism

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  • Copyright: 1/1/2010
  • Publisher: PM Press
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Summary

Lively and authoritative, this study of a widely misunderstood subject skillfully navigates the rough waters of anarchistic conceptsfrom Taoism to Situationism, ranters to punk rockers, individualists to communists, and anarcho-syndicalists to anarcha-feminists. Exploring key anarchist ideas of society and the state, freedom and equality, authority and power, the record investigates the successes and failures of anarchist movements throughout the world. Presenting a balanced and critical survey, the detailed document covers not only classic anarchist thinkerssuch as Godwin, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Reclus, and Emma Goldmanbut also other libertarian figures, such as Nietzsche, Camus, Gandhi, Foucault, and Chomsky. Essential reading for anyone wishing to understand what anarchists stand for and what they have achieved, this fascinating account also includes an epilogue that examines the most recent developments, including postanarchism and anarcho-primitivism as well as the anarchist contributions to the peace, green, and global justice movements of the 21st century.

Author Biography

Peter Marshall is a philosopher, a historian, a poet, and the author of 15 books, including Nature's Web: Rethinking Our Place on Earth.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Anarchism in Theory
The River of Anarchyp. 3
Society and the Statep. 12
Freedom and Equalityp. 36
Forerunners of Anarchism
Taoism and Buddhismp. 53
The Greeksp. 66
Christianityp. 74
The Middle Agesp. 86
The English Revolutionp. 96
The French Renaissance and Enlightenmentp. 108
The British Enlightenmentp. 129
Great Libertarians
French Libertariansp. 143
German Libertariansp. 153
British Libertariansp. 163
American Libertariansp. 181
Classic Anarchist Thinkers
The Lover of Orderp. 191
The Conscious Egoistp. 220
The Philosopher of Povertyp. 234
The Fanatic of Freedomp. 263
The Revolutionary Evolutionistp. 309
The Geographer of Libertyp. 339
The Electrician of Revolutionp. 345
The Count of Peacep. 362
American Individualists and Communistsp. 384
The Most Dangerous Womanp. 396
German Communistsp. 410
The Gentle Revolutionaryp. 422
Anarchism in Action
Francep. 431
Italyp. 446
Spainp. 453
Russia and the Ukrainep. 469
Northern Europep. 479
United Statesp. 496
Latin Americap. 504
Asiap. 519
Modern Anarchism
The New Left and the Counter-culturep. 539
The New Right and Anarcho-capitalismp. 559
Modern Libertariansp. 566
Modern Anarchistsp. 587
Murray Bookchin and the Ecology of Freedomp. 602
The Legacy of Anarchism
Ends and Meansp. 625
The Relevance of Anarchismp. 639
Epiloguep. 667
Reference Notesp. 707
Select Bibliographyp. 759
Indexp. 795
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