By Peter H. Marshall
A desirable and accomplished heritage, 'Demanding the most unlikely' is a difficult and thought-provoking exploration of anarchist principles and activities from precedent days to the current day. Navigating the extensive 'river of anarchy', from Taoism to Situationism, from Ranters to Punk rockers, from individualists to communists, from anarcho-syndicalists to anarcha-feminists, 'Demanding the very unlikely' is an authoritative and vigorous research of a generally misunderstood topic. It explores the most important anarchist strategies of society and the country, freedom and equality, authority and gear and investigates the successes and failure of the anarchist events in the course of the global. whereas final sympathetic to anarchism, it offers a balanced and significant account. It covers not just the vintage anarchist thinkers, comparable to Godwin, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Reclus and Emma Goldman, but in addition different libertarian figures, similar to Nietzsche, Camus, Gandhi, Foucault and Chomsky. No different e-book on anarchism covers quite a bit so incisively. during this up to date variation, a brand new epilogue examines the latest advancements, together with 'post-anarchism' and 'anarcho-primitivism' in addition to the anarchist contribution to the peace, eco-friendly and 'Global Justice' events. tough the very unlikely is key studying for an individual wishing to appreciate what anarchists stand for and what they've got accomplished. it is going to additionally attract those that are looking to realize how anarchism deals an inspiring and unique physique of rules and practices that is extra suitable than ever within the twenty-first century.
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Extra resources for Demanding the Impossible: a History of Anarchism : be Realistic! Demand the Impossible!
Syndicalism in general redirected the impulses of the advocates of ‘propaganda by the deed’ and took over many of the most positive ideas of anarchism about a free and equal society without government and the State. The advocates of anarcho-syndicalism take the view that trade unions or labour syndicates should not only be concerned with improving the conditions and wages of their members, although this is an important part of their activity. 6 By developing within the shell of the old society, the syndicates should therefore establish institutions of self-management so that when the revolution comes through a general strike the workers will be prepared to undertake the necessary social transformation.
Pure anarchy in the sense of a society with no concentration of force and no social controls has probably never existed. Stateless societies and peasant societies employ sanctions of approval and disapproval, the offer of reciprocity and the threat of its withdrawal, as instruments of social control. But modern anthropology confirms that in organic or ‘primitive’ societies there is a limited concentration of force. If authority exists, it is delegated and rarely imposed, and in many societies no relation of command and obedience is in force.
There is undoubtedly a strong strand of primitivism in anarchist thought. It takes both a chronological form, in the belief that the best period of history was before the foundation of the State, and a cultural form, in the idea that the acquisitions of modern civilization are evil. These beliefs can combine in a celebration of the simplicity and gentleness of what is imagined to be the primitive life. Most anarchists however do not look back to some alleged lost golden age, but forward to a new era of self-conscious freedom.