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Author:
Cindy Milstein
ISBN13:
978-1849350013
ISBN:
1849350019
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AK Press (May 1, 2010)
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Politics & Government
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Cindy Milstein is an activist and educator from Vermont.

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. Cindy Milstein is an activist and educator from Vermont. She serves on the board of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, co-organizes the Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference, and is a collective member at Black Sheep Books.

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Anarchist Interventions. Anarchism and Its Aspirations - Cindy Milstein. Anarchist Interventions. Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism. Anarchism and Its Aspirations doubles as a book and a bookend.

I expect Anarchism and Its Aspirations to become the introduction to anarchism of the next decade. David Solnit, coauthor of The Battle of the Story of the "Battle of Seattle"

I expect Anarchism and Its Aspirations to become the introduction to anarchism of the next decade. David Solnit, coauthor of The Battle of the Story of the "Battle of Seattle". Cindy Milstein is an Institute for Anarchist Studies board member and a co-organizer of the Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference. You might also be interested in.

Cindy Milstein is an activist and educator from Vermont.

Current projects include the Anarchist Interventions book series, developed in collaboration with AK Press . Anarchist Interventions Series. Current titles in the series include: ·Anarchism and Its Aspirations, Cindy Milstein (2010).

Current projects include the Anarchist Interventions book series, developed in collaboration with AK Press; the Lexicon pamphlet series, developed as definitional starting points for key terminology used in movement building and organizing; the Mutual Aid Speakers Bureau, which books anarchist thinkers for speaking events; Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, the house journal of the IAS; and the ongoing grant program. Current titles in the series include: ·Anarchism and Its Aspirations, Cindy Milstein (2010)

AT THE LEFT FORUM 2010, held at Pace University in New York City in March, Cindy Milstein, director of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, spoke at a panel discussion on anarchism and Marxis. While Milstein praised aspects of this contemporary expression of a certain anarchistic impulse, she expressed concern that it also replicated the worst aspects of Marxism, its clandestine organizing and vanguardism. Milstein found a complementary problem with the Marxist Left’s attempts (.

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.

Cindy Milstein is an activist and educator from Vermont. She serves on the board of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, co-organizes the Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference, and is a collective member at Black Sheep Books. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies, including Realizing the Impossible, Confronting Capitalism, and Globalize LiberationX.

  • Concise work that presents a brief overview of the state of anarchism as political philosophy in the world today. Has references to historical works that can be read for a more indepth understanding. I was a little worried about 40 pages in that the presentation was going to be redundant, but the author moved on and reframed and fleshed out a lot of material. First rate as a first book to read to understand anarchism today.

  • One of the most common questions I hear is people asking for nice books that provide a basic idea of what Anarchism actually is and what it stands for. I finally have a book by someone who's written it recently, and is still alive, so this is the one I'm going to recommend. "Anarchism and Its Aspirations" by Cindy Milstein is a short, concise but great intro text which you can read in a few hours. The book paints anarchism as a hopeful school of thought that sees the best in humanity while recognizing that centralized power and inequality does bad things to human condition. Milstein points out what anarchists are for as well as the usual idea of what they are against, freedom "to choose" as well as freedom "from wants", something that liberalism and capitalism both miss by overemphasizing one over the other.

    Anarchism also poses the way to do it, by organizing from the bottom up as democratically as possible instead of top-down, working to change things in the hear and now as well as visioning a better world. Anarchists traditionally have tried to live the change they want to see, pre-figuring their politics into their organizations. They also actively work to create spaces that envision what they're looking to create, like social centers and infoshops. Anarchists also recognize that there is a democratic impulse within people and that often revolutions come about when this impulse reaches a breaking point, only to be later crushed by the people who take power in the name of the revolution, as can be seen in the French Revolution, Russian Revolution, Mexican Revolution, Spanish Revolution, or more recently in Gwangju, South Korea. Anarchism is anti-state and anti-capitalist, a libertarian form of socialism, and shares a similar vision with groups who do not consider themselves Anarchists, like the zapatistas, council communists, autonomous marxists, or the situationists. And one of the nice things, Milstein points out, is that it leaves room for disagreement beyond that, especially in the forms of emphasis, whether it be on class struggle, racial politics, women's liberation, queer liberation, ecological justice, or some combination of these and more.

    I've called myself an anarchist for nearly a decade now, and I've got to say that this is probably the best recently published book I've read on anarchism, and deserves to be placed amongst the classics.

  • In this wonderful new book by the brilliant writer and political activist Cindy Milstein, we are presented with an inspirational vision of what a liberatory, ecological society free of hierarchy and domination might look like. Emphasizing a politics of reconstruction rather than just opposition, she eloquently speaks about the need for socialist libertarians to build counter-institutions like workers' cooperatives, neighborhood assemblies, town meetings, and community mediation boards where individuals can work together to make decisions democratically on a face-to-face level. As such, instead of reclaiming the streets, she insists that we reclaim the cities, transforming them into egalitarian municipalities in harmony with nature. In this depressing historical moment shaped by the interlocking crises of corporate globalization, imperialist war, climate instability, and social reaction, Milstein's optimistic and accessible book is literally a breath of fresh air, encouraging readers to live ethical, meaningful lives and to remake our world according to the humane left libertarian values of mutual aid, social equality, voluntary association, and ecological sustainablity.

  • as a caveat emptor - after getting to half of the book and feeling I had been reading the same things reworded and rephrased over and over again, I started skimming through it, so I might have lost things here and there.

    I probably jumped way too fast at this book after seeing the excellent ratings it got here. I expected a quick and direct intro to anarchism regarding its history, theorists, perspectives, different branches and so on, but instead got greeted by very vague opinions that really did not improve my knowledge on what is anarchism in one tiny bit. most of the book felt like an endless succession of "anarchism is about freedom, goodness and fighting domination and oppression in all its many forms, yay!" - nothing of which is necessarily wrong, but lacks much substance, imho. every now and then there is a bit of actual fact or information there, but usually as a quick note, never expanded upon.

    tl;dr: if you have absolutely no idea what anarchism might be and, as another reviewer noted "you ever wondered what all those kids in black are on about", this book might work for you. if you want something more serious and direct look somewhere else, really.

  • I think that this book is a great (concise) articulation of the contemporary anarchist movement. If you ever wondered what all those kids in black are on about, look no further.