1849350019 New. No dust jacket as issued. Brand New! Support Independent Pacific Northwest Booksellers! Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 152 p. Audience: General/trade. From nineteenth-century newspaper publishers to the participants in the "battle of Seattle" and the recent Greek uprising, anarchists have been inspired by the ideal of a free society of free individuals-a world without hierarchy or domination. But what exactly would that look like, and how can we get there? Anarchism and Its Aspirations provides an accessible overview of an often-misunderstood political philosophy, highlighting its principles and practices as well as its reconstructive vision of a liberatory society. "A brilliant primer of anarchist politics. "-Matt Hern, author of Common Ground in a Liquid City "I expect Anarchism and Its Aspirations to become the introduction to anarchism of the next decade. "-Gabriel Kuhn, editor of Gustav Landauer's Revolution and Other Writings "A road map to the many social and cultural movements that anarchism has traversed..a testimony to its continuing ability to capture the radical imagination. "-Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch "Uncompromising, practical, and hopeful, this book is essential reading for all who are taking on climate change, war, or corporate capitalism. "-David Solnit, coauthor of Battle of the Story of the "Battle of Seattle" Cindy Milstein is an Institute for Anarchist Studies board member and a co-organizer of the Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies, including Realizing the Impossible, Confronting Capitalism, and Globalize Liberation.
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From nineteenth-century newspaper publishers to the protesters in the "Battle of Seattle" and the recent Greek uprising, anarchists have long been incited to action by the ideal of a "free society of free individuals"--a transformed world in which people and communities relate to each other intentionally and without hierarchy or domination. But what exactly would that look like, and how can we get there?
"Anarchism and Its Aspirations" provides an accessible overview of the history and hopeful future of this vision for a better world. The book quickly brings even the uninitiated reader up to speed with a crash course on some of the most influential anarchists in history and their ideas about how we might achieve the transformation of society. From there, the book looks at how these principles have been put into practice by groups such as the Situationist International, social ecologists, Zapatistas, anti-globalization activists, and other directly democratic organizations and communities in their respective struggles against capitalism and state control.
Laying out a clear introduction to some of the main ideas behind an often-misunderstood political philosophy, "Anarchism and Its Aspirations" helps us imagine the vast possibility of a truly free and democratic society.
Cindy Milstein is an activist and educator from Vermont. She serves on the board of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, co-organizes the Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference, and is a collective member at Black Sheep Books. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies, including "Realizing the Impossible," "Confronting Capitalism," and "Globalize LiberationX."