Nineteenth-Century European Anarchism. It was used in this sense against the Levelers during the English Civil War and during the French Revolution by most parties in criticizing those who stood to the left of them along the political spectrum. What Is Property? Nevertheless, the two uses of the word have survived together and have caused confusion in discussing anarchism, which to some has appeared a doctrine of destruction and to others a benevolent doctrine based on a faith in the innate goodness of man. There has been further confusion through the association of anarchism with nihilism and terrorism.

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To what degree can anarchism be an effective organized movement? Is it realistic to think of anarchist ideas ever forming the basis for social life itself? These questions are widely being asked again today in response to the forces of economic globalization. The framework for such discussions was perhaps given its most memorable shape, however, in George Woodcock's classic study of anarchism—now widely recognized as the most significant twentieth-century overview of the subject.

Woodcock surveys all of the major figures that shaped anarchist thought, from Godwin and Proudhon to Bakunin, Goldman, and Kropotkin, and looks as well at the long-term prospects for anarchism and anarchist thought.

In Woodcock's view "pure" anarchism—characterized by "the loose and flexible affinity group which needs no formal organization"—was incompatible with mass movements that require stable organizations, that are forced to make compromises in the face of changing circumstances, and that need to maintain the allegiance of a wide range of supporters.

Yet Woodcock continued to cherish anarchist ideals; as he said in a interview, "I think anarchism and its teachings of decentralization, of the coordination of rural and industrial societies, and of mutual aid as the foundation of any viable society, have lessons that in the present are especially applicable to industrial societies. This classic work of intellectual history and political theory first published in the s, revised in is now available exclusively from UTP Higher Education.

Actually, it would deserve a much better rating, if only it was possible to tell where he's inventing facts to suit his idea of what the anarchist movement ought to be. Clue: he's not very good on the Spanish movement, those nasty ruffians! A history of anarchism as ideology and political movement. George Woodcock was born in Winnipeg, Canada on May 8, He was educated in England, and returned to Canada in He was a poet, critic, and essayist.

During his lifetime, he wrote and edited almost books. He was the founding editor of Canadian Literature, the first journal to look solely at Canada's literary world. He also founded the anarchist literary journal Now in He died from coronary problems on January 28, at the age of George Woodcock.


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Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements - George Woodcock

An important study of the historical international anarchist movement and an essential introduction to the classical anarchist thinkers. The country-wide rebellion that was kicked off by the police murder of George Floyd continues to grow, as across the US people hit the streets in solidarity. Mass demonstrations, freeway shut Second of our two-part interview with John Barker, Angry Brigade prisoner, covering the arrests, the sensational trial, his time in prison and the political situation upon his release in the late Harry Cleaver's seminal work on forming a practical, political interpretation of Marx's Capital.


The Anarchist Reader - George Woodcock

George Woodcock's collection of writings on anarchism from a range of thinkers, including Peter Kropotkin, Max Stirner and Oscar Wilde. Anarchy- Anarchist by Sebastian Faure 2. Anarchy Defined by Errico Malatesta 3. Church and the State by Michael Bakunin 7. State and the Sacred by Max Stirner 8.

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