Exploring themes within anarchism

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Exploring themes within anarchism

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1abclaret
març 21, 2010, 3:52pm

So I help run a small reading group and were hoping to explore a number of themes and ideas within libertarian thought, and I was particularly interested in schools of thought. The idea is a book/article/pamphlet shouldn't be too long (130 pages max) and ideally should be online.
The libcom list are really useful aswell, but hints would be appreciated.
http://libcom.org/taxonomy/term/2715

Anyone any ideas for the following?

Anarcha-feminism
Anarcho-syndicalism
Individualist anarchism
Platformist anarchists
Post-anarchism
Insurrectionary anarchism
Green anarchism
Libertarian Theology
Illegalists

Libertarian education
Imperialism
Anti-fascism/racism
Violence
Environmentalism
Labour Movement
Paris Commune
Russian Revolution
Spanish Revolution
Feminism
Religion
Art/Literature
Economics

2Lunar
Editat: març 22, 2010, 12:49am

Anything by Lysander Spooner might fit the bill under individualist anarchism and/or abolition. A couple of his major works come to about 100 pages each. His essay "Against Woman Suffrage" could also arguably fit under anarcha-feminism since his argument is that female suffrage is no more illigitimate than male suffrage.

Lord Acton's historical essays might be another good source which were also a major influence on Rose Wilder Lane's Discovery of Freedom. Discovery of Freedom itself is almost 300 pages, but I do know that the 80-some page section on Islam is excerpted and published separately as Islam and the Discovery of Freedom, which includes additional commentary and corrections by muslim scholar and libertarian Dean Ahmad.

All the above works are available for free online except for the commentary on Lane by Ahmad.

3abclaret
març 23, 2010, 8:12pm

Lunar, thanks for your suggestions. I was thinking of specifics within say the cannon of Emma Goldman, Berkman, Kropotkin, Bakunin, Malatesta, Pannekoek et al or even contemporary works like Bookchin, Mike Davis, Jared Diamond, David Graeber, Bell Hooks, Alfredo Bonnano.

I am aware of Lysander Spooner. I listened to something he wrote on taxation which although this sort of thing is almost exclusively a fetish that exists in the States, I persevered and found his reasoning quite acceptable on the issue of government. Not unlike Thoreau. I dislike taxes among many numerate things the state and capital create but it seems something ingrained in the American psyche that doesn't make sense beyond your borders.

Judging by a few of your previous posts on here I have to point out that if your suggesting American "Libertarian" texts - as in right-wing economic texts, they will only produce bouts of laughter on anyone in the UK other than a few people who are lost in the wilderness or on the fringes of the Conservative party (hilarious considering how draconian they are).

I met an "anarcho-capitalist" in the flesh (American incidentally), who suggested a priority campaign should be started in the UK to abolish the National Health Service (NHS). If you were British I hope you could appreciate how truly mental that sounds?

I will be challenging my boss, the local council and hopefully where possible, the state where I live and trying to bring about a collective response to the circumstance we all find ourselves in, I was just hoping that a few books would help me and a number of other interested parties along the way.

Thanks

4MMcM
març 23, 2010, 9:30pm

As you're in the UK, don't forget poor old Herbert Read, Knight, Poet, Anarchist.

5Lunar
Editat: març 24, 2010, 3:49am

#3: Judging by a few of your previous posts on here I have to point out that if your suggesting American "Libertarian" texts - as in right-wing economic texts, they will only produce bouts of laughter on anyone in the UK other than a few people who are lost in the wilderness or on the fringes of the Conservative party (hilarious considering how draconian they are).

I don't see how any of my suggestions could be construed to be economics texts. Nor do I see how the economics I've espoused (first espoused by the Whigs) could be construed as "right-wing" except if the Brits had become totally disconnected from their own history.

Sometimes I wonder if the collectivist anarchists merely place an emphasis on different things or if they truly think that a stateless society is not implicitly free market and tax-free (which I guess gives both sides of the anarchist spectrum something to laugh about).

6daschaich
març 26, 2010, 8:46pm

3: ...even contemporary works like Bookchin, Mike Davis, Jared Diamond, David Graeber, Bell Hooks, Alfredo Bonnano.

I'm intrigued to see Jared Diamond in that list; his name would not have come to my mind.

I've read some things by Rudolf Rocker that weren't too long and shouldn't be hard to find online, though I don't remember them very well at this point.

7perdondaris
abr. 6, 2010, 9:25pm

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8jahn
Editat: abr. 7, 2010, 5:25am



9Lunar
abr. 7, 2010, 3:50am

#7: Under the extreme individualist economy none of this would get done.

Your statement is an oxymoron. What do you think causes economic transactions to take place if not for the mutual consent of individuals?

Private Property is the shibboleth and God of the Objectivists.

No. Rather, private property is the windmill which socialists tilt at because they resent not being able to steal anything they might lay their greedy hands on without its owner telling them to buzz off.

10perdondaris
abr. 7, 2010, 11:03am

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11abclaret
abr. 7, 2010, 9:56pm

I looked at Liberal Fascism and had to put it down as the arguments were too surreal to be worth bothering with. Fascism does draw in themes from the left and the right, as its a totality offering the state as an exclusive mode for organising social life. Thats why a key to Goldbergs argument is based on fudging the issue of how nazism evolved from Bismarck type reforms as a way to undercut the threat posed by the left, while he simple tries to assert its some kind of welfarism in action. And just for the record businesses did do exceedingly well under Hitler and Mussolini (even Franco) despite the assertions of Goldberg and bad things happened under US administrations he fails to mention.

That said perdondaris, you need to help with the OP matey.

12perdondaris
maig 3, 2010, 1:20pm

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13FrancoisTremblay
maig 19, 2010, 9:07pm

I am a libertarian socialist and I don't find the idea of abolishing the NHS to be outlandish, any more than I would find the idea of abolishing public health care systems anywhere outlandish. "Capitalist health care or government health care" is not a choice. "Which totalizing ideology should control health care" is not a question that any Anarchist should be taking sides about, except for "this question should be destroyed on sight."

14perdondaris
maig 20, 2010, 3:32pm

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15FrancoisTremblay
maig 20, 2010, 4:46pm

What in the hell are you blathering about. We are ANARCHISTS, not Objectivists. We are opposed to capitalism, representative democracy, and all other forms of hierarchy.

Read Profit Over People by Noam Chomsky to understand what the right-wing economic agenda is. Read The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin to have an idea of what an Anarchist society would look like.

16perdondaris
maig 20, 2010, 9:57pm

Well I have been arguing what freedom is and is not. Don't you watch the talk shows? It was red blooded White Men that are responsible for our freedom given to them from the hands of Jesus Christ himself. God bless America. Can I get a hallelujah?

17FrancoisTremblay
maig 20, 2010, 11:19pm

Uh... no.

18PaulStott
juny 24, 2010, 5:16am

Hallelujah!

19lawecon
set. 30, 2011, 11:28pm

Lunar, thanks for your suggestions. I was thinking of specifics within say the cannon of Emma Goldman, Berkman, Kropotkin, Bakunin, Malatesta, Pannekoek et al or even contemporary works like Bookchin, Mike Davis, Jared Diamond, David Graeber, Bell Hooks, Alfredo Bonnano.

I am aware of Lysander Spooner. I listened to something he wrote on taxation which although this sort of thing is almost exclusively a fetish that exists in the States, I persevered and found his reasoning quite acceptable on the issue of government. Not unlike Thoreau. I dislike taxes among many numerate things the state and capital create but it seems something ingrained in the American psyche that doesn't make sense beyond your borders.

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Ah, I get it, chauvinistic nationalist anarchism. Why didn't you say that was what you wanted.