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Anarchy Alive!: Anti-Authoritarian Politics From Practice to Theory

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Anarchist politics are at the heart of today’s most vibrant and radical social movements. From squatted social centres and community gardens to acts of sabotage and raucous summit blockades, anarchist groups and networks are spreading an ethos of direct action, non-hierarchical organizing and self-liberation that has redefined revolutionary struggle for the 21st century.

Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 20th 2008 by Pluto Press (first published November 20th 2007)
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May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I would have given four stars to this title, but I decided instead to substract that fourth star out because of the academic tone present throughout the book and which came as totally unexpected given its title and cover (after all, they always say "don't judge a book by the cover", don't they?).

This academic ("anarchademic"?) tone I'm talking about made me re-read quite a few of the passages three time to fully grasp their meaning beyond their conceptual abstractions. Of course, this isn't some
Stevphen Shukaitis
Nov 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely little book that does a fantastic job of giving an in depth overview and then exploration of many of the important concepts and debates within contemporary anarchism, particularly within the networks of the antiglobalization movement. And more than that Gordon does not treat philosophy or political theory as something that is external to these debates and that he brings into the debate to clarify and add conceptual rigor to them. Rather, Gordon starts from the theory and concept ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
The academic tone in this is so bothersome. To be honest, the first chapter seemed like it could have come out of some police intelligence briefing, describing all the particular nuances of anarchist association. The chapter on violence was unnecessary, as if attempting to define violence means anything anymore. The chapter on the Israel-Palestine conflict was okay, and I appreciated the jab at Wayne Price, but to suggest that a Palestinian state is somehow the solution to the conflict is just s ...more
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
This is an easy read and a great overview of power, violence, and technology issues from the perspective of contemporary anarchist thought and action.
Euan Pollock
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked the introductory sections regarding anarchism. I thought it was clear and concise, dividing the topics and explaining those divisions. I also really enjoyed the section on the definition of violence, and thought it was very clear-headed. I was less enamoured with the section on technology, as I thought it wasn't as clearly explained and there were more generalisations. The section on nationalism I also enjoyed, although at times it felt a bit straw-manish. Although if those are tr ...more
Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Nothing groundbreaking, but this book offered a fresh take on a lot of anarchist discussions that seem to be taking place around me all the time. It's been a while since I've read anything that came from a sort of anti-globalization/activist position, but Gordon's insight and argumentation style about a lot of dilemmas facing the anarchist milieu made this book worth reading. He also manages to bring together a wide diversity of perspectives in a elegant way -- one minute he's quoting Starhawk, ...more
Kristofer Petersen-Overton
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, anarchism
A fascinating look at recent anarchist activism used to theorize about practical tactics. The chapter on violence was especially interesting -- as was the practical take on anti-occupation activism in Palestine/Israel.
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