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Talking Anarchy

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Of all political views anarchism is the most ill-represented. For more than 30 years, in over 30 books, Colin Ward has been patiently explaining anarchist solutions to everything from vandalism to what we do after the motor age - as well as celebrating unofficial uses of the landscape, from holiday camps to squatter communities. In this book-length interview, Colin Ward di ...more
Paperback, 149 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Five Leaves Publications
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Jan 10, 2015 Adam rated it did not like it
Shelves: lefty
Colin Ward talks to David Goodway. They are not so much “talking anarchy” as they are talking about “talking anarchy,” which is considerably less interesting. Much of the book is Ward discussing people who influenced his thinking and answering questions regarding his writings for various journals.

There are several things I appreciate about Ward: his wish to “break the sound barrier” in order to reach a broad audience; his “concentration on ‘anarchist applications’ or ‘anarchist solutions’ to ‘im
Nov 09, 2014 Ollie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should say that I read this book having heard of Colin Ward but really knowing who he was. Especially not that he was one of the greatest Anarchist thinkers of the century. Talking Anarchy is a conversation between David Goodway and Colin Ward that was conducted though correspondence over the course of several years without the two ever having met. As Goodway himself says in the introduction, it's a testament to the fluidity of Talking Anarchy and (I think) Goodway's ability to direct a conver ...more
Jan 03, 2009 Sean rated it liked it
A conversation between David Goodway (the editor) and British anarchist-propogandist/education-reformer/architect/housing advocate Colin Ward. The interview ranges through numerous topics on which Ward's writings are of interest, and dwells for a long time on his involvement with several famous anarchist jounrals, including "Autonomy", which he himself edited for 10 years.

Ward's ideas on anarchism haven't given me any insights in particular, but his writings and ideas on numerous other fields fr
Dec 03, 2007 Jacken rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Colin Ward fans..
Shelves: anarchism
Just a loooonnnnggg interveiw with Colin Ward about his ideas (anarchism, architecture, education among others), his part in the UK anarchist movement, and the movement as a whole - great for reading up on anarchist history (with lots of nice anecdotes about Freedom etc..) but readers should just drop in in the bits that interest them/use it as a reference, cos otherwise it can drag a bit (despite the interveiw style, that actually makes it very accesible)
Dec 04, 2015 Siddhant rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A superficial look into the ideas and influences of Colin Ward in an interview with David Goodway.
However, the book lacks a coherent theme and the questions are haphazard and unstructured which can make the book a bit long-winding.
Feb 08, 2015 Rich rated it did not like it
One of the most uninteresting styles of writing is the "ask a question, transcribe a long winded answer without context" format. I had great expectations...
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Colin Ward was born in Wanstead, Essex. He became an anarchist while in the British Army during World War II. As a subscriber to War Commentary, the war-time equivalent of Freedom, he was called in 1945 from Orkney, where he was serving, to give evidence at the London trial of the editors for publishing an article allegedly intended to seduce soldiers from their duty or allegiance. Ward robustly r ...more
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