Statism and Anarchy

Statism and Anarchy

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Paperback, Pages: 300

Genres: Politics, Philosophy, Nonfiction, History

Language: English

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Statism and Anarchy is a complete English translation of the last work by the great Russian anarchist Michael Bakunin. It was written in 1873, in the aftermath of the rise of the German Empire and the clash between Bakunin and Karl Marx in the first International. Bakunin assesses the strength of a European state system dominated by Bismarck. Then, in the most remarkable part of the book, he assails the Marxist alternative, predicting that a dictatorship of the proletariat will in fact be a dictatorship over the proletariat, and will produce a new class of socialist rulers. Instead, he outlines his vision of an anarchist society and identifies the social forces he believes will achieve an ananarchist revolution. Statism and Anarchy had an immediate influence on the to the people movement of Russian populism, and Bakunins ideas inspired other anarchist movements. This is the only complete and reliable rendition of Statism and Anarchy in English, and in a lucid introduction Marshall Shatz locates Bakunin in his immediate historical and intellectual context, and assesses the impact of his ideas on the wider development of European radical thought. A guide to further reading and a chronology of events are appended as aids to students encountering Bakunins thought for the first time.

Reader Reviews
  •    Arashigal Broadridge
    2020
    A poignant critique of the state, and of the marxists movement that sought to bring about the economic emancipation of the working people by first acquiring state power. Bakunin argued that said emancipation cannot happen without also abolishing state power. He fervently insisted that any measure, in lieu of contesting all structures of power, would lead to a crippling state bureaucracy, and inevitable dictatorship over the working class, not by the working class.

    This prediction has certainly been proven to be as such.
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  •    Yorisar Faukald
    2020
    This is Bakunin's final work, and of course, it was supposed to be part of a much larger writing which isn't unusual considering his longwinded style, inconsistencies, and the hetic era of time he was agitating in. He goes into detail about why the Pan-german campaign was such a bad thing providing much historical information that led up to it. Also, he outlines a project for a pan-slavic campaign as well. Much of the book focuses on the conflict with socialist democracy and anarchism within the first international. On a side note, and very irrelevant, Bakunin's anti-semitism comes out in this book. Other than that, Bakunin is not my favorite of theorists, but the book is still a must read.
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