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The Political Theory of Anarchism

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Anarchism is a significant but relatively neglected area of political thought. April Carter examines the anarchist critique of the state, of bureaucracy, of democratic government & contrasts this attitude with more orthodox political theory. She also considers anarchist theories & social & economic organization, the relevance of anarchism to contemporary ...more
Hardcover, 125 pages
Published 1971 by Routledge and Kegan Paul (London)
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Robert Beveridge
Jan 23, 2008 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
April Carter, The Political Theory of Anarchism (Harper, 1971)

A slim book, but a very difficult read. Carter's survey of the anarchist movement over the past couple of hundred years isn't comprehensive, but it's enough to show even the casual reader that the image of the anarchist in the popular imagination is completely backwards. In fact, the vision of anarchy presented by the sources Carter gives us here (everyone from Marx to Bakunin) sounds quite a bit like hard-right American conservatism.
Dec 14, 2010 Mikael rated it liked it
This book is quite brief but still a worthy introduction to some of the basic building blocks of anarchist political theory, and a fairly easy read. It is broken into four sections: Political Theory of Anarchism, Anarchism and the State, Anarchism and Society and Anarchism and the Individual. Throughout, Carter often compares and contrasts anarchist thought of seminal theorists like Kropotkin, Proudhon, Godwin and Bakunin with each other, as well as other political theorists like Marx, Hobbes, ...more
Steven Peterson
Oct 22, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it liked it
A useful--albeit quite brief--introduction to anarchist theory. The first chapter frocuses on the general political theory of anarchism. A series of issues is addressed, such as the nature of law and the primacy of the individual. Chapter 2 considers the great struggle of anarchism versus the state (or government). The various issues are laid out here. Chapter 3 examines anarchism and society, in the process briefly noting the Paris Commune and utopian thinking, among many other topics. The ...more
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