The word 'anarchism' tends to conjure up images of aggressive protest
against government, and - recently - of angry demonstrations against
bodies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. But
is anarchism inevitably linked with violent disorder? Do anarchists
adhere to a coherent ideology? What exactly is anarchism? In this Very
Short Introduction, Colin Ward considers anarchism from a variety of
perspectives: theoretical, historical, and international, and by
exploring key anarchist thinkers from Kropotkin to Chomsky. He looks
critically at anarchism by evaluating key ideas within it, such as its
blanket opposition to incarceration, and policy of 'no compromise' with
the apparatus of political decision-making.
Among the questions he ponders are: can anarchy ever function effectively as a political force?Is it more 'organized' and 'reasonable' than is currently perceived? Whatever the politics of the reader, Ward's argument ensures that anarchism will be much better understood after reading this book.
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