The ABC of Anarchism




      The ABC of Anarchism
A gifted writer for the anarchist movement, Alexander Berkman left Russia for the United States in 1888 when he was eighteen Thirty one years later, after serving a prison term for an attempted assassination, he was expelled to the Soviet Union, a country which he eventually renounced But before his repudiation of the Soviet system, Berkman attempted to answer some of the charges made against anarchism and to present its case clearly and intelligently This book, first published in 1929, is the result of those efforts.Thorough and well stated, The ABC of Anarchism is today widely regarded as a classic declaration of the movement s goals and methods For those who have questions about anarchism, Berkman provides lucid answers In conversational tones, he discusses society as it existed in the early twentieth century why in his opinion, anarchy was necessary the myths surrounding it and necessary preparations for its successful implementation Of the book, Emma Goldman said People need a primer of Anarchism an ABC, as it were, that would teach them the rudimentary principles of Anarchism and whet their appetites for something profound The book was intended to serve this purpose That it has fulfilled its purpose no one who has read it will deny. Best Download [ The ABC of Anarchism ] By [ Alexander Berkman ] – bluevapours.co.uk

Alexander Berkman November 21, 1870 June 28, 1936 was an anarchist known for his political activism and writing He was a leading member of the anarchist movement in the early 20th century.Berkman was born in Vilna in the Russian Empire present day Vilnius, Lithuania and emigrated to the United States in 1888 He lived in New York City, where he became involved in the anarchist movement He was the lover and lifelong friend of anarchist Emma Goldman In 1892, Berkman made an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate businessman Henry Clay Frick as an act of propaganda of the deed, for which he served 14 years in prison His experience in prison was the basis for his first book, Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist.After his release from prison, Berkman served as editor of Goldman s anarchist journal, Mother Earth, and he established his own journal, The Blast In 1917, Berkman and Goldman were sentenced to two years in jail for conspiracy against the newly instated draft After their release from prison, they were arrested along with hundreds of others and deported to Russia Initially supportive of that country s Bolshevik revolution, Berkman soon voiced his opposition to the Soviet s use of terror after seizing power and their repression of fellow revolutionaries In 1925, he published a book about his experiences, The Bolshevik Myth.While living in France, Berkman continued his work in support of the anarchist movement, producing the classic exposition of anarchist principles, Now and After The ABC of Communist Anarchism Suffering from ill health, Berkman committed suicide in 1936.More

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  • The ABC of Anarchism
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  • 16 August 2019
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10 thoughts on “ The ABC of Anarchism

  1. Erik Graff says:

    Back in the sixties Chicago s Lincoln Park was an interesting neighborhood The International headquarters of the Industrial Workers of the World was there above something I recall as The Armenian American Soup Kitchen So was DePaul University and the Chicago Theological Seminary the reason the restaurant on the corner of Fullerton and Halsted is still called the Seminary Down Halsted there was a used bookstore, The Guild, filled with middle aged communists with whom I used to argue and Back in the sixties Chicago s Lincoln Park was an interesting neighborhood The International headquarters of the Industrial Workers of the World was there above something I recall as The Armenian American Soup Kitchen So was DePaul University and the Chicago Theological Seminary the reason the restaurant on the corner of Fullerton and Halsted is still called the Seminary Down Halsted there was a used bookstore, The Guild, filled with middle aged communists with whom I used to argue and fro...

  2. Benjamin says:

    Required reading, right Volume 1 of Working Classics Series, for example One of the strengths of this book is meant to be its simple language and clear argumentation At first, I felt like it was talking down to me, but the further I got into it, theI liked it, as Berkman builds his argument I was a little disappointed with the bits about violence Berkman shot Frick and failed to kill him Later, it is suspected, he was involved with some kind of bomb workshop that exploded So Required reading,...

  3. Evelyn Woagh says:

    Very good overview of Communism, Anarchism, their relations, divisions internal and external , and simple explanations for our history as a class conflict Still very applicable today, and not difficult to read compared to other radicals despite being nearly one hundred years old.But, I have a problem with his use of certain words, such as barbarians and civilized It s soauthoritarian, and I wish he knew that There are likely other words and comments, too, which I don t remember As Very good overview of Communism, Anarchism, their relations, divisions internal and external , and simple explanations for our history as a class conflict Still very applicable today, and not difficult to read compared to other radicals despite being nearly one hundred years old.But, I have a problem with his use of certain words, such as barbarians and civilized It s soauthoritarian, and I wish he knew that There are likely other words and comments, too, which I don t remember As the book goes on, he gets a bit ranty and repetitive Yes, I understand now that the general strike is the vital first stage of the social revolution today Yes, I understand the workers must thro...

  4. Ali Benam says:

    Although a bit outdated, this was a very enjoyable read.

  5. Fantasy Belley says:

    No better book on Anarchism It s written with language anyone can understand, and after reading many people say, Huh, I m an anarchist Forget that the term Anarchism has been demonized in the U.S for the last century and pick up this book to find out what it is and if you re one.

  6. Hannahelise says:

    THIS IS THE BEST

  7. Garret Giblin says:

    A good introduction to some important principles Berkman sadly did himself in a matter of weeks before those principles were implemented in the Spanish revolution

  8. Michael says:

    I picked up this little volume when I was a volunteer for Underground Books on 9th Street in New York City I recall one of my anarchist comrades saying she wasn t too impressed with it, that the translation was bad although it was written in English, but she may have meant that Berkman s English wasn t good enough I thought it was good enough as an introduction, and I still do, although I admit that Berkman does not break a lot of new ground or engage with radical theory on a very high I picked up this little volume when I was a volunteer for Underground Books on 9th Street in New York City I recall one of my anarchist comrades saying she wasn t too impressed with it, that the translation was bad although it was written in English, but she may have meant that Berkman s English wasn t good enough I thought it was good enough as an introduction, and I still do, although I admit that Berkman does not break a lot of new ground or engage with radical theory on a very high level This book is clearly written for a less educated ...

  9. Sabrina says:

    What should be a middle schooler s primer on the basic tenets of 20thc Anarchism is actually this book which would prove unreadable to cynical hipsters or bootstrap dems reps Berkman s is a world of people who live even grander than the promises of liberalism Berkman just lays it out, simply, all the creative bountiful joys we should be enjoy...

  10. Steven Peterson says:

    Alexander Berkman was a well known anarchist in the later 19th and early part of the 20th century He took part in a number of events, including an effort to assassinate a leading industrialist After years in prison, he continued his activism, editing publications for instance This book is an example of his political views He was hardly the most cerebral and talented of the writers in this movement But he does address many key questions in his own voice, such as Is anarchism violence Alexander Berkman was a well known anarchist in the later 19th and early part of the 20th century He took part in a number of events, including an effort to assassinate a leading industrialist After years in prison, he continued his activism, editing publications for instance This book is an example of his political views He was hardly the most cerebral and talented of the ...

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