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عادةً ما تستحضر كلمة «اللاسلطوية» في الذهن صورًا للاحتجاج العنيف ضد الحكومات، ومؤخرًا أصبحت تستحضر صورًا للمظاهرات الغاضبة ضد كيانات على غرار البنك الدولي وصندوق النقد الدولي. لكن هل اللاسلطوية مرتبطة حتمًا بالفوضى والاضطرابات العنيفة؟ وهل اللاسلطويون ملتزمون بأيديولوجية متسقة؟ وما مفهوم اللاسلطوية تحديدًا؟

في هذه المقدمة القصيرة جدًّا يتناول كولين وارد اللاسلطوية من وجهات
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Paperback, 108 pages
Published February 2014 by مؤسسة هنداوي للتعليم والثقافة (first published 2004)
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Ted
Historically, anarchism arose not only as an explanation of the gulf between the rich and the poor in any community, and of the reason why the poor have been obliged to fight for their share of a common inheritance, but as a radical answer to the question ‘What went wrong?’ that followed the ultimate outcome of the French Revolution.




Colin Ward (1924-2010) (Wiki photo)

This entry in the Oxford VSI series was written, not by an academic political theorist, but by a gentleman who was for decades the
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Nandakishore Varma
Last week, I was doing a workshop on safety culture in organisations, and was stressing the need for moving from a "bureaucratic" culture where everything was dependent on strict adherence to rules to an "aware" culture where safety was inbuilt into the consciousness of the employees, when I had an epiphany: if we extend the same logic to governments, democracy is needed only as long as people are not enlightened. The moment that happens, we don't need a government, as everyone will take care of ...more
Scriptor Ignotus
Oxford's Very Short Introduction books have been hit-or-miss, in my experience; and this one, though not without its merits, goes into the "miss" column. It reads like a brochure for anarchism - and not a very good one at that - rather than an introduction to its concepts. According to the "history" portion of this brochure, whenever freedom expanded, that was anarchism, and whenever it contracted, as when the supposed anarchistic aims of history's revolutionary movements were rolled back or tem ...more
Sally McRogerson
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The sections on the penal and education systems are both excellent and worth a few minutes of anyone's time! The environmental stuff is also illuminating.

Leave the sheep to their bleating. Think for yourself. Act for the greatest good. Not because you are forced to by some central organisation but because in your own judgement it's the right thing to do.
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Konstantin
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Some thoughts in comments.
C M
Feb 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political-theory
I am a big fan of Oxford UP's Very Short Introduction (VSI) series (disclaimer: I am a future author myself). Many of them are great introductions to complex matters, written by prominent authors in an accessible style. Rather than providing state-of-the-art overviews, they develop a particular approach to the topic at hand. Most of the times, this leads to very interesting and insightful books... sometimes, they are missed opportunities. Colin Ward's is one of these negative exceptions. It is t ...more
Nick
This is the book you want to give to someone to show them very quickly that Anarchism is not a crackpot nonsense idea. It does a great job outlining the basic anarchist concepts like worker control, decentralization of political control and economic activity, and skepticism of power and hierarchy. Of course, as usual its vague on the specifics, but what can one really expect from a very short introduction? Anyway if someone wants to look up the specifics of anarchist organization its not difficu ...more
Nativeabuse
Was expecting a good introduction on Anarchism, as someone who knows very little about it but has recently started getting into it.

He discusses very little that I didn't already know and he doesn't go indepth with anything in this book. Which I guess was what I should have expected. But this was a little too much of a gloss over for someone who has read the Wikipedia page on anarchy over a couple of times. I would recommend doing that instead of buying this, because of the fact that it is so bri
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chantel nouseforaname
I found it to be a little high level for an introduction; but provided a lot to think about. Brought forth diverse ways to think about Anarchism in the sense of the fact that it isn't just breaking all the shit down for no purpose. It's not just madness and mayhem. Anarchism/Anarchy serves a very distinct purpose that seems originally rooted in building shit up through breaking shit down or standing your ground or standing against.

This book was a good introduction to various theorists and schoo
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Becca
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ward clearly understands anarchism in a very limited scope, namely one that only affects him as a white man. He acts as though anarchy is only about class/relation to the state and not the disassembly of all hierarchies. Seeing as sexism and racism are two of the three biggest hierarchies (class obviously being the third), I find it disgusting that he did not 1) cite this as part of anarchism or 2) seek to cite more than one woman or ANY POC anarchists in this book. The best he did was to briefl ...more
Dafydd
Nov 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye opening? Eye-poppping! I am an anarchist, there is no doubt. I am not, however, an anti-christ.
Amirography
Anarchists, know how to express their beliefs. However, as an ex-anarchist, I believe that there are some fundamental problems with anarchism.
1. Anarchists offer a few cases of how lack of leviathan, may have improved our wellbeing. However, these cases are usually case studies, fails to take into account other factors, and they fail to make a comprehensive statical case for anarchism, which opposing views sometimes do.
2. They romanticize past. Which I will not go into.
3. They offer a great n
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Michael Huang
Anarchy means “without leader”, though it is often associated with chaos and riots. French thinker Proudhon attaches the name to his political ideology: After the failure of the French Revolution, he realizes that the problem wasn’t a particular ruler, it was the concept of rule. Anarchist organizations should be voluntary, small, temporary, and function-oriented. The idea did work well for Spain for a while. After the Spanish revolution of 1936, private property was abolished in many parts of t ...more
Tim Pendry
Sep 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anarchists, socialists, liberals, conservatives
A basically sound introduction to Anarchism as a political philosophy and as mode of political action but I have my criticisms.

The disappointment is that a cool analysis of an important trend in Western political philosophy is, in the end, bent to appropriate the entire anarchist tradition for a range of current social movements, some appropriately (chapter eight on social and economic protest) and some much less so (chapters nine and ten on federalist and green politics).

Yes, there is a link
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Peter
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is reasonably good, though I wouldn't call it an all encompassing survey. For example, the author openly admits to having never finished reading Stirner's 'ego and it's own', which seems like a pretty significant omission. Ward states that he found the work unreadable, but that is probably because Stirner was influenced by Hegel, who is notorious for being one of the most difficult philosophers to understand. While Ward seems to focus on the political nature of Anarchy, he makes no at ...more
Andi Aumi
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The process to find out various beautiful things from the side you never really care, are always intriguing. Colin Ward able to ensure me that indeed anarchism is not a plot to destroy everything we've built, it is the ideas and activities and dreams we usually do in our daily life. ...more
Liz
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The "Very Short Introduction" series rocks! ...more
Russell Fox
A very helpful survey of anarchist thought. Not always organized in the best possible way, I think --the chapters which situated anarchist ideas in connection to socialism, social democracy, or different types of nationalism and statism didn't provide rigorous enough comparisons, getting sidetracked by a discussion about religion, or bringing up the possibility of satisfying the needs of social justice through local and voluntary means, but not fully exploring it. The same could be said for his ...more
Helen
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults.
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
I thought this was an excellent introduction to the topic of anarchism - its origins, various schools of thought, and famous anarchists. It is not as many believe just about trying to strike out at authority figures - that sort of activity was limited to a small minority of anarchists many years ago. Instead, it seems to be mostly about dismantling states in general in favor of federations of small communities, and providing many of the services that bureaucratic states currently provide by volu ...more
Francis
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Although Colin Ward was an undeniably vital voice within the anarchist movement, I must confess that I found his contribution to the Very Short Introduction series somewhat lacking. It starts out strong, with an overview of the key anarchist thinkers who helped develop the ideology and brief look at the anarchist presence within revolutions, but the following chapters devolve into scattered meditations on bureaucracy, fundamentalism and prison systems. Ward often explores the context surrounding ...more
Kris
Oct 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: radical
Like the title says, a very short intro. And good one as well. Even raises some issues that people familiar with the topic may not have considered before. A little light on the philosophy/theory, but makes up for that in talking about real-life, practical problems that could benefit from an anarchist perspective.
Jack
Feb 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Any political radicalization I could be said to have undergone has resulted from my idle usage of one of those political compass tests. My friends were mostly social democrats to classical liberals on the compass, and I was declared to be an anarcho-communist, despite not knowing what that was. I had outlined my political values according to ideals and moral sensibility, not with practicality in mind. I’ve been reluctant to outright consider myself an anarchist in any form until I feel informed ...more
Ryan Scicluna
If are one of those people who think that Anarchy is all about chaos and egotistical freedoms then I think you should read this book. It changed my perception of anarchism in a good way. It is more than just opposing everything and everyone.

I especially liked the chapters concerning prisons and education. In fact some ideas which are now being considered have been advocated by anarchists since the 19th century. Anarchy is always there before a revolution and as a matter of fact Anarchy is the he
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Lisa Wright
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is exactly as much as I wanted to know about anarchism. Which is to say a great deal more than I previously knew. The writing is lively and astute. I am often struck by the fact that I know very little about certain subjects, but am unlikely to read a full length book on the topic. I am grateful to Oxford University Press for offering these satisfying very short introductions. They are intellectual potato chips.
Igor
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the title says, it is a short introduction.

The book describes the main ideas and authors. It simply gives you a direction to go.

I found it very useful due to the 'noise' we hear from internet, especially from libertarians.
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Hikaoru
I slogged through this, probably because the topic is quite new to me.....wasn't entirely enlightened, a tiny bit confused. Might even go on a research binge on this topic as this wasn't very helpful. ...more
Cary
Not bad, and a nice quick read and introduction (as the title implies). I would have preferred something a bit more objective though.
Joe Chlapowski
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colin Ward is one of the most accessible and simultaneously inspirational anarchist writers I’ve come across. Highly recommended.
Alexandre le Petit
Colin Ward (1924 - 2010), a notorious anarchist writer, introduces perfectly the anarchism movement. As I wasn't that familiar with anarchism, I was looking for an introduction book. I didn't know the "Very Short Introductions" series, but as it was published by Oxford University Press, it seems a safe choice, and I was right. Very accessible, well written, in 100 pages you will have an overview of the movement, with the great figures, the thoughts and solutions.

Anarchism is a very unknown polit
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Nv
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In its defense, it never claimed to a very shortly complete introduction to Anarchism. This isn't one of the best VSI's I've read in that it is unidimensional. It tells you what Anarchists believe and do without offering any criticism negative or positive, although the tone makes the latter clear. That isn't surprising given Colin Ward was one of the world's leading Anarchist thinkers. What I'd really like is a SlateStarCodex style adversarial collaboration on these VSIs because I'm constantly u ...more
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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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