Anarchism & Its Aspirations

anarchismAs part of our 101 series, we will be hosting a book club that deals directly or indirectly with the month’s topic. For September our 101 series is on Anarchism; we have selected Anarchism and Its Aspirations by Cindy Milstein as an approachable condensed guide to the subject. Lars Peterson will be facilitating the discussion to be held Saturday, September 28th at 3pm [New time to accommodate the 2nd Annual Pittsburgh Anarchist General Assembly at 1 PM!]. In order to join the book club simply add your name to the sign-up sheet in the store (you may also email us) and let us know whether you would like us to order a copy of the book for you.

Anarchism and Its Aspirations, Cindy Milstein: “From nineteenth-century newspaper publishers to the protesters in the ‘Battle of Seattle’ and the recent Greek uprising, anarchists have long been incited to action by the ideal of a ‘free society of free individuals’—a transformed world in which people and communities relate to each other intentionally and without hierarchy or domination. But what exactly would that look like, and how can we get there?

Anarchism and Its Aspirations provides an accessible overview of the history and hopeful future of this vision for a better world. The book quickly brings even the uninitiated reader up to speed with a crash course on some of the most influential anarchists in history and their ideas about how we might achieve the transformation of society. From there, the book looks at how these principles have been put into practice by groups such as the Situationist International, social ecologists, Zapatistas, anti-globalization activists, and other directly democratic organizations and communities in their respective struggles against capitalism and state control.

Laying out a clear introduction to some of the main ideas behind an often-misunderstood political philosophy, Anarchism and Its Aspirations helps us imagine the vast possibility of a truly free and democratic society.”

We’re looking forward to great conversations and healthy turnout! Tell your friends!

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