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A study of Socialism, Anarchism and Syndicalism
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Marts  (Thinker)
Highlighting the effects of nature and society on man's decision-making, Russell in his introduction states that "THE attempt to conceive imaginatively a better ordering of human society than the destructive and cruel chaos in which mankind has hitherto existed is by no means modern..."
I rather appreciate the intro's second paragraph though where he says, "The great majority of men and women, in ordinary times, pass through life without ever contemplating or criticising, as a whole, either their
John Collins
Proposed Roads to Freedom by Bertrand Russell. This is my introduction to Russell and his writings, and the book provides a worth while overview of a subject I am deeply interested in. I am always interested by the philosophical, sociological, and political, but this book touches on the subjects of anarchism and socialism of which I am an adherent. It touches on these, and basically provides an overview of these ideas, without getting into too much depth. These are the 'proposed roads to freedom ...more
This is an excellent little book promoting a form of guild socialism, as opposed to state socialism or pure anarchism. It's probably the most anti-utopian, anti-idealist account of a socialist society I've yet read (which isn't to say that it doesn't have its moments). It's fair and level-headed, and it doesn't suppose that abolishing private property will solve all of society's ills. The one major complaint I have is that when it comes to economic distribution and production Russell glosses ove ...more
Eric Gulliver
This was a concise, yet abstract vision from Bertrand Russell. Favoring what some would call "Anarchist - Guild Socialism", Russell Fleshes out with precise detail, the shortfalls and possibilities of the realms associated with socialism and anarchism (in its many various forms). Russell makes use of familiar examples and reasonable rhetorical experiments in an attempt to paint a picture of what the difference between utopian and reality actually is, all in regards of supposed and proposed roads ...more
Útil para arrancar a pensar sobre cuestiones sociales y útil como introducción crítica a las corrientes políticas que se nombra. Russell habla también de corrientes mixtas, y ofrece su propia opinión sobre el sistema que le gustaría a él. Aunque breve (bien para algunos, mal para otros, o nada de esta clasificación, según lo que busquen).
Russell is mostly known as a great logician and one of the founders of analytic philosophy. He was also a very prolific writer on social issues which eventually granted him a Nobel prize in literature. Who would have imagined that such a mainstream figure would openly advocate the abolition of capitalism and instead propose some form of Guild Socialism that appears to be very close to traditional Anarchism? Inspired mostly by G.D.H. Cole and Peter Kropotkin, this book remains a serious discussio ...more
Sam Motes
Russell discusses the virtues and draw backs of state Socialism and Anarchism as alternatives to Capitalism. Though he builds the case that they may not be the ideal options he goes on to discuss Guild Socialism that takes on a very protectionist stance by putting the unions and trades in charge to protect their members. Interesting idea but still did not build a compelling reason why is wouldn't lead to a chase to the bottom as people life of the labor of others and no one is motivated t give e ...more
Given when this was written it is a very clear, concise and logical step by step guide to the possible advantages and disadvantages of various styles of Socialist societies. Bertrand breaks down Marxist thinking and investigates the three main 'routes' discussing them in a clear and rational way before looking at how society would function.

What I would of liked was to see how/if Betrand's views changed after seeing what happened to the political Left after WWI and WWII. But, perhaps he wrote tha
"Such a world is possible; it waits only for men to wish to create it." - But is the nature of evil a sheer economic one?

I truly find joy in reading Russell. He's exciting, outspoken, witty and to me - really fresh. Not a cynic, but a rational, analytical mind - I feel infinite tenderness towards the optimism of such a highly intelligent human being.

Let there be commerce between us.
Если бы было шесть звездочек, я бы шесть поставила :)
Теперь я социал-анархист! Книга написана в марте 1918 года, он с такой точностью описал социализм который мы построили на бывшей родине, и, что самое интересное, у него очень умные мысли по поводу того как надо устроить общество, чтобы людям было хорошо.
This rating is for "Selected Papers of Bertrand Russell". One hundred years later and nothing much has changed with the political systems of the world, none of them work for the working people. This not to say that Mr. Russell's solutions would work but he was able to define the problems with intelligence.
This was my intro into russel, and I have to say that I was impressed with his vision and clarity in presenting the concepts and brief historical context of socialism, anarchism and the mysterious syndicalism.
Hugely informative, very accessible, and expertly written. A well argued and well thought out look various political and economic systems. Sounds like a dry subject matter, but Russell makes it fascinating.
Clear and bright. Got me really thinking into it. Was never really into communism etc but now kind of interested. Maybe because i am an adolescent now and not yet grown up ...
Mark Nenadov
Some interesting analysis mixed with fanciful imaginings. He proposes guild socialism, I say its better than state socialism–but it still smells very foul.
Jan 21, 2008 Matteo marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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The full title of this book (why doesn't GoodReads list it that way?) is:

Proposed Roads to Freedom:
Socialism, Anarchism and Syndicalism
Arya Ptb
Enlightening for a newbie such as I, but not incredibly profound
Jun 01, 2008 Matthew rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Everyone should read this book.
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Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS, was a Welsh philosopher, historian, logician, mathematician, advocate for social reform, pacifist, and prominent rationalist. Although he was usually regarded as English, as he spent the majority of his life in England, he was born in Wales, where he also died.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950 "in recognition of his var
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“The great majority of men and women, in ordinary times, pass through life without ever contemplating or criticising, as a whole, either their own conditions or those of the world at large. They find themselves born into a certain place in society, and they accept what each day brings forth, without any effort of thought beyond what the immediate present requires. Almost as instinctively as the beasts of the field, they seek the satisfaction of the needs of the moment, without much forethought, and without considering that by sufficient effort the whole conditions of their lives could be changed. A certain percentage, guided by personal ambition, make the effort of thought and will which is necessary to place themselves among the more fortunate members of the community; but very few among these are seriously concerned to secure for all the advantages which they seek for themselves. It is only a few rare and exceptional men who have that kind of love toward mankind at large that makes them unable to endure patiently the general mass of evil and suffering, regardless of any relation it may have to their own lives.” 5 likes
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