Terry M. Perlin
Transaction Publishers - Political Science - 294 pages
Anarchism--literally, a society without government--is less a political philosophy than it is a temperament. Anarchists are defiant people who seek to organize for the purpose of destroying organization. For its adherents, anarchism means a grand struggle against evil, a plea for the "new," a secular crusade against the debasement of self, a fight against the degradation of mankind that organized society seems to represent. Anarchism is anti-politics, anti-economics, anti-authoritarianism in all forms. Anarchism is a mood of perpetual rebellion.
The decade of the sixties witnessed a revival in the anarchist temperament, which Perlin finds evident in such diverse efforts as the women's liberation movement, student demonstrations, civil rights marches, free schools, the "back to the land" movement, demands for birth control and other--usually controversial-causes and activities. This new anarchism had few conscious links with the old anarchism. It was instead a response to changed conditions in the social fabric of American and European life, a reflex to the structural, cultural and psychological tensions that made those years turbulent, strife-filled and rebellious.
Perlin concludes that while a revolution was not made in the sixties, a revolutionary life-style became a possibility. The spokesmen for the marginal groups whose interests achieved a new kind of legitimacy during the sixties were anarchists or their sympathizers. A representative cross-section of their writings is included in this volume.
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The Recurrence of Defiance
The Relevance of Anarchism to Modern Society
Anarchism on the Left
Letter to the New Left
The Movement A New Beginning
The Anarchist Revolution
Black Anarchy in New York
A New Consciousness and Its Polemics
Some Secular Myths
A Religious View of Anarchism
Man the Creator and Destroyer
Education and the Democratic Myth
The Machinery of Conformity
Towards Workers Control
The Red Flag and the Black
The Transformation of the American Right
The Anatomy of the State
Why Be Libertarian?
Anarchists And Proud of It
Why Terror Is Not an Anarchist Means