Now and after the abc of communist anarchism

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now and after the abc of communist anarchism

The ABC of Anarchism by Alexander Berkman

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 movements 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 more profound. [The book] was intended to serve this purpose. That it has fulfilled its purpose no one who has read [it] will deny.
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Alexander Berkman: What is Communist Anarchism? - Organisation of Labour for the Social Revolution

Now and After

Chapter 2: The Wage System. Chapter 3: Law and Government. Chapter 4: How the System Works. Chapter 5: Unemployment. Chapter 6: War? Chapter 7: Church and School.

From International Socialism 1st series , No. What Is Communist Anarchism? Alexander Berkman, of Russian origin, first became known in for his attempt to assassinate Henry Clay Frick, a steel magnate responsible for the shooting of strikers. For this he spent 14 years in jail, recording his experience in Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist. On his release he became, with Emma Goldman, a leading figure in the American anarchist movement until, in , they were both deported to Soviet Russia.

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Anarchist Stuart Christie wrote that Now and After is "among the best introductions to the ideas of anarchism in the English language". The anarchist movement was under siege during the s. In the newly created Soviet Union , Russian anarchists were being arrested by the Cheka and imprisoned or executed. In an effort to revive the movement, the Jewish Anarchist Federation in New York asked Berkman in to write an introduction to anarchism intended for the general public. Berkman's work explains anarchist philosophy in terms that uninitiated readers can understand.

Published by Phoenix Seller Rating:. About this Item: Phoenix, Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text.


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