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Anarcho-Syndicalism: Theory and Practice (Working Classics)
Rudolf Rocker

AK Press, 2004

In 1937, at the behest of Emma Goldman, Rocker penned this political and philosophical masterpiece as an introduction to the ideals fueling the Spanish social revolution and resistance to capitalism the world over. Within, Rocker offers an introduction to anarchist ideas, a history of the international workers’ movement, and an outline of the syndicalist strategies and tactics embraced at the time (direct action, sabotage and the general ...


Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier
Robert Fishman

The MIT Press, 1982

As Robert Fishman writes of three of urban planning's greatest visionaries, Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, they 'hated the cities of their time with an overwhelming passion. The metropolis was the counter-image of their ideal cities, the hell that inspired their heavens.'


The Centralia Tragedy of 1919: Elmer Smith and the Wobblies
Tom Copeland

University of Washington Press, 1993

On November 11, 1919, the citizens of Centralia, Washington, gathered to watch former servicemen, local Boy Scouts, and other community groups march in the Armstice Day parade. When the marchers swung past the meeting hall of the Industrial Workers of the World, a group of veterans broke ranks, charged the hall, and were met by gunshots. Before the day was over, four of the marchers were dead and one of the Wobblies had been lynched by the mob. ...


The True and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics
Christopher Lasch

W. W. Norton & Company, 1991

"A major and challenging work. . . . Provocative, and certain to be controversial. . . . Will add important new dimension to the continuing debate on the decline of liberalism." —William Julius Wilson, New York Times Book Review Can we continue to believe in progress? In this sobering analysis of the Western human condition, Christopher Lasch seeks the answer in a history of the struggle between two ideas: one is the idea of progress - ...


Reflections on Violence (Dover Books on History, Political and Social Science)
Georges Sorel

Dover Publications, 2004

In this controversial text, Sorel, a noted revolutionary, voices his belief in class warfare as a means of effecting lasting social change. His searching inquiry extends to the functions of violence, the sources of political power, the weapons of revolution, and the role of myths in converting and motivating people.


Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism
Peter Marshall

PM Press, 2010

Lively and authoritative, this study of a widely misunderstood subject skillfully navigates the rough waters of anarchistic concepts—from Taoism to Situationism, ranters to punk rockers, individualists to communists, and anarcho-syndicalists to anarcha-feminists. Exploring key anarchist ideas of society and the state, freedom and equality, authority and power, the record investigates the successes and failures of anarchist movements throughout ...


Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis
Ludwig von Mises

Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2011

The cover is from a Greek portrayal of the reality of war -- a fitting portrayal too of life under socialism, in which brute force is the only way to secure control over resources essential to life. This edition is the original as published by Yale University, the edition that introduce to American audiences the first thorough and scientific demolition of what was and is one of the great delusions in the history of the world. This masterwork ...


Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism (Counter-Power vol 1)
Lucien van der Walt, Michael Schmidt

AK Press, 2009

Black Flame is the first of two volumes that reexamine anarchism's democratic class politics, its vision of a decentralized planned economy, and its impact on popular struggles in five continents over the last 150 years. From the nineteenth century to today's anticapitalist movements, it traces anarchism's lineage and contemporary relevance. It outlines anarchism's insights into questions of race, gender, class, and imperialism, significantly ...


Mussolini's Intellectuals: Fascist Social and Political Thought
A. James Gregor

Princeton University Press, 2006

Fascism has traditionally been characterized as irrational and anti-intellectual, finding expression exclusively as a cluster of myths, emotions, instincts, and hatreds. This intellectual history of Italian Fascism--the product of four decades of work by one of the leading experts on the subject in the English-speaking world--provides an alternative account. A. James Gregor argues that Italian Fascism may have been a flawed system of belief, but ...


Tactics and Ethics: 1919-1929 (Radical Thinkers)
Georg Lukacs

Verso, 2014

Tactics and Ethics collects Georg Lukács’s articles from the most politically active time of his life, a period encompassing his stint as deputy commissar of education in the Hungarian Soviet Republic. Including his famed essay on parliamentarianism—which earned Lukács the respectful yet severe criticism of Lenin—this book is a treasure chest of valuable insights from one of history’s great political philosophers.


The Revolt Against Civilization: or The Menace of the Under Man
T. Lothrop Stoddard

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013

Written against the backdrop of the Communist seizure of power in the Soviet Union, this remarkable work by America’s leading early twentieth century racial theorist studies the root causes of Communism and the destruction of civilized society. It focuses on the downbreeding of existing European populations and of how the worst elements of society are continually outbreeding the best, leading to lower average IQs and civilizational levels. ...


Fascism (Oxford Readers)

Oxford University Press, USA, 1995

Fascism is a political ideology which has been identified with totalitarianism, state terror, fanaticism, orchestrated violence, and blind obedience. Fascism was directly associated with the Second World War, the most devastating annihilation of human lives in the history of mankind which left more than 40 million dead around the globe and introduced notions of inhumanity the extent of which was heretofore unknown. The mere term stirs up visions ...


The Greater Britain

Black House Publishing Ltd, 2011

The publication of the first edition of ‘The Greater Britain’ coincided with the formation of the British Union of Fascists by Oswald Mosley in 1932. It provided hope and inspiration for tens of thousands of British men and women seeking an end to the Great Depression – and an alternative to communism and capitalism. In this important book Mosley set out his plans for a new economic order – and a new system of government to implement ...


The Anarchist Collectives: Workers' Self-Management in Spain 1936-39

Black Rose Books, 1996

“Varied, complex, often inspiring, the achievement of the people in Spain is unique in the history of 20th century revolution. It should be carefully studied.”—Noam Chomsky “An excellent documentary history of the Anarchist collective in Spain.”—Paul Avrich This is the first book in English that is devoted to the experiments in workers’ self-management, both urban and rural, which constituted one of the most remarkable social ...


Staging the People: The Proletarian and His Double
Jacques Ranciere

Verso, 2011

These essays from the 1970s mark the inception of the distinctive project that Jacques Rancière has pursued across forty years, with four interwoven themes: the study of working-class identity, of its philosophical interpretation, of “heretical” knowledge and of the relationship between work and leisure. For the short-lived journal Les Révoltes Logiques , Rancière wrote on subjects ranging across a hundred years, from the California Gold ...


African Anarchism
Sam Mbah

See Sharp Press, 1997

African Anarchism covers a wide range of topics, including anarchistic elements in traditional African socieites, African communalism, Africa's economic and political development, the lintering social, political, and economic effects of colonialism, the development of "African socialism, the failure of "African socialism, and a possible means of resolving Africa's ongoing crises.


The Wobblies: The Story of the IWW and Syndicalism in the United States
Patrick Renshaw

Ivan R. Dee, 1999

Does anyone save historians remember the Wobblies? This nickname for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the revolutionary labor union founded in Chicago in 1905, not so long ago was part of the vocabulary of labor and socialist movements everywhere. But few who have heard of the Wobblies know much about their history, aims, or achievements—or their impact on American labor. In this new edition of his classic study of the Wobblies, ...


Direct Action & Sabotage: Three Classic IWW Pamphlets from the 1910s (The Charles H. Kerr Library)
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Walker C. Smith, ...

PM Press, 2014

The pamphlets reprinted in this collection were first published in the 1910s amidst great controversy; the significant works included are “Direct Action and Sabotage” by William E. Trautmann, “Sabotage: Its History, Philosophy and Function” by Walker C. Smith, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn's “Sabotage: The Conscious Withdrawal of the Workers' Industrial Efficiency.” Even then, the tactics of direct action and sabotage were often ...


Direct Struggle Against Capital: A Peter Kropotkin Anthology
Peter Kropotkin

AK Press, 2014

"The enemy on whom we declare war is capital, and it is against capital that we will direct all our efforts, taking care not to become distracted from our goal by the phony campaigns and arguments of the political parties. The great struggle that we are preparing for is essentially economic, and so it is on the economic terrain that we should focus our activities." —Peter Kropotkin Peter Kropotkin is by far anarchism’s most influential ...


Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath
Rick Wartzman

PublicAffairs, 2009

Few books have caused as big a stir as John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath , when it was published in April 1939. By May, it was the nation’s No. 1 bestseller, flying off store shelves at a rate of 10,000 copies a week. But



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