Friday, November 19, 2010

World that Never Was


The opening for this book is fascinating. This is the English edition (review linked above) -- the American edition is much more sedate. Surprisingly large amount of the text is available online:

http://www.amazon.com/World-That-Never-Was-Anarchists/dp/037542511X#reader_037542511X

7 comments:

  1. Appears to be a very interesting read. However, it also appears much of it deals with Europe rather than the USA. The library has a couple of copies and I'll give it a look.

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  2. Yes, it is largely European from what I can tell, although we have had our share of anarchists, spies, and Pinkertons, too. Like labor and other social-justice issues, these bigger picture questions tend to transcend national boundaries.

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  3. There was another book on anarchism that I enjoyed sometime back called Demanding the Impossible,

    http://books.google.lt/books?id=QDWIOL_KtGYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=demanding+the+impossible&source=bl&ots=2iNuPNSqur&sig=x5ppy2IWlMcZfVf0zpYLgA-r3IE&hl=lt&ei=3f3pTNm2EY2VOu_53MoK&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q&f=false

    It was quite exhaustive and even included a section on anarcho-capitalism and the policies of Reagan and other Right Wing leaders.

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  4. Also worth noting is Homage to Catalonia, in which Orwell tells of the promising but all too short anarchism experiment in Barcelona.

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  5. More specifically,

    Anarchism in America,

    http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/anarchism-in-america/

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  6. What I think _may_ be of interest is his contrasting the methods of the Pinkertons et al. with those they were allegedly protecting the country from. But I haven't read this one yet, so not sure.

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  7. Thanks for the film link, Gintaras. Another one for these long winter nights -- we're in a blizzard situation up here now, so it's time to start watching movies again.

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