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What do anarchists wish? it sort of feels more uncomplicated to categorise them via what they don't wish, specifically, the organisations of the kingdom, and to spot them with rioting and protest instead of with any coherent ideology. yet with demonstrations like these opposed to the realm financial institution and the overseas financial Fund being blamed on anarchists, it's transparent that a proof of what they do stand for is lengthy late.

Colin Ward presents solutions to those questions via contemplating anarchism from numerous views: theoretical, ancient, and foreign, and via exploring key anarchist thinkers, from Kropotkin to Chomsky. He seems to be significantly at anarchism by means of comparing key rules inside it, corresponding to its blanket competition to incarceration, and coverage of "no compromise" with the gear of political decision-making. Can anarchy ever functionality successfully as a political strength? Is it extra "organized" and "reasonable" than is at present perceived? regardless of the politics of the reader, Ward's argument guarantees that anarchism may be far better understood after experiencing this book.


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Certainly the harmful use of cocaine would not disappear completely, because the social causes which create and drive those poor devils to the use of drugs would still exist. But in any case the evil would decrease, because nobody could make profits out of its sale, and nobody could speculate on the hunt for speculators. And for this reason our suggestion either will not be taken into account, or it will be considered impractical and mad. Yet intelligent and disinterested people might say to themselves: Since the penal laws have proved to be impotent, would it not be a good thing, as an experiment, to try out the anarchist method?

It is the rise to dominance of professional managers who are the new unassailable masters of every kind of institution. Middle-class professionals in, say, public health, environmental planning, schools and universities, and the social services have found themselves subjected to the same kind of managerial Newspeak that used to outrage working-class trade unionists. Mastery of its grotesque jargon has become the prerequisite for appointment and promotion throughout the job market, except in the submerged economy of hard repetitive work, where the old assumptions of insecurity, long hours, and low pay remain true.

Public education has always expended its energies in the support of prejudice . . This feature runs through every species of public establishment; and even in the petty institution of Sunday schools, the chief lessons to be taught are a superstitious veneration for the Church of England, and to bow to every man in a handsome coat . .

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