Concentrating On The Class Struggle Tradition Within Anarchism, As Represented By Current National Federations In Britain, Benjamin Franks Identifies The Main Principles That Distinguish These Movements From Competing Leninist, Liberal, And Social Democratic Groupings From These Key Characteristics, Franks Then Constructs An Ideal Type Of Anarchism A Distinctive Anarchist Ethic Against Which He Assesses The Theory And Practice Of Contemporary Political Groups With This Lens, The Entire Anarchist Movement Is Judged, Making Comparisons Between Differing Schools Of Thought And Parallel Theoretical Frameworks Such As Autonomist Marxism And The Situationist International. This is an excellent book While its focus is the contemporary British anarchist groups, it is much than that While the author discusses intellectual and organizational debates within these groups, he discusses debates relevant to anarchism everywhere These include the question of non hierarchical organization, of violence, of no
This book does a service in explaining within academic discourse what it is that anarchists think their doing and draws on a school of philosophy to back that up Franks concisely constructs how anarchists differ from other schools of thought and fleshes out the prefigurative means and ends model which is fundamental to its praxis Further it helps sort the various tactics and strategies of the numerous federations, collectives etc who make up the UK anarchist libertarian movement and puts them in a logical and accessible way.The books over arching approach aside its absolutely painstakingly dull to read The book would have had a human touch to it if it had been compiled by a computer programme simply regurgitating data in a logical assortment I am not sure if the author thought he was being objective with the flow of arguments but its easily a big factor in making the book a milestone to read.And talking of content Your response to this book in the main, could easily be surmised into two schools of opinion based on one question have you ever been a member or supporter of Class War The book is so skewed towards Class War, its difficult to take it seriously By referencing almost every other quote from Class War, you would near on assume they were central to the anarchist project, which is not entirely the truth now is it An accessible book that looks at all the proponents of anarchism in a fair and balanced manner, dissecting t
really connected for me a lot of people, organizations, and on and on and on, in anarchy radical past and present i love the connections that open up thru musesick, politics and on and on as u read on.
- 475 pages
- Rebel Alliances: The Means and Ends of Contemporary British Anarchisms
- Benjamin Franks
- 08 March 2019 Benjamin Franks