Best Anarchism Books
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1. The Anarchist Cookbook
Author: by William Powell
Published at: www.snowballpublishing.com (June 26, 2013)
The Anarchist Cookbook will shock, it will disturb, it will provoke. It places in historical perspective an era when “Turn on, Burn down, Blow up” are revolutionary slogans of the day. Says the author” “This book… Is not written for the members of fringe political groups, such as the Weatherman, or The Minutemen.
Those radical groups don’t need this book. They already know everything that’s in here. If the real people of America, the silent majority, are going to survive, they must educate themselves. That is the purpose of this book.” In what the author considers a survival guide, there is explicit information on the uses and effects of drugs, ranging from pot to heroin to peanuts.
There i detailed advice concerning electronics, sabotage, and surveillance, with data on everything from bugs to scramblers. There is a comprehensive chapter on natural, non-lethal, and lethal weapons, running the gamut from cattle prods to sub-machine guns to bows and arrows.
The section on explosives and booby traps ranges from TNT to whistle traps. One hundred and eleven drawings supplement the recipes. “This book is for anarchists,” says William Powell, “Those who feel able to discipline themselves on all the subjects from drugs, to weapons, to explosives) that are currently illegal in this country.” Techniques, disciplines, precautions, and warnings pervade what may be the most disquieting “how-to” book of contemporary times.
2. The Unabomber Manifesto: Industrial Society and Its Future
Author: by The Unabomber
Published at: WingSpan Classics (November 20, 2008)
In 1971 Dr. Theodore Kaczynski rejected modern society and moved to a primitive cabin in the woods of Montana. There, he began building bombs, which he sent to professors and executives to express his disdain for modern society, and to work on his magnum opus, Industrial Society and Its Future, forever known to the world as the Unabomber Manifesto.
Responsible for three deaths and more than twenty casualties over two decades, he was finally identifed and apprehended when his brother recognized his writing style while reading the ‘Unabomber Manifesto.’ The piece, written under the pseudonym FC (Freedom Club) was published in the New York Times after his promise to cease the bombing if a major publication printed it in its entirety.
3. The Conquest of Bread (The Kropotkin Collection)
Author: by Peter Kropotkin
Published at: Independently published (August 14, 2017)
This edition has a large, easy-to-read font. Peter Kropotkin was born a Russian prince whose father owned 1,200 serfs. As he aged, he came to hate the inequality in his society, and renounced his royal title. He was imprisoned and spent decades in exile for his views, which he has laid out in this book.
He points out the flaws inherent in feudalism and capitalism, and how our current economic system creates poverty and scarcity even though there are enough resources for everybody, and outlines a better system based on people working together as a society.
4. Mutual Aid: A Factor in Evolution (The Kropotkin Collection)
Author: by Peter Kropotkin
Published at: Independently published (October 6, 2017)
In this powerful and thorough debunking of Social Darwinism, the author explains how mutual cooperation within species ensures that those species survive and flourish, in animals as well as in humans. This is an important book to read for those interested in leftist thought, whether socialism, communism, or anarchism.
We are stronger together.
5. Anarchy, State, and Utopia
Author: by Robert Nozick
Published at: Basic Books; Reprint edition (November 12, 2013)
In this brilliant and widely acclaimed book, winner of the 1975 National Book Award, Robert Nozick challenges the most commonly held political and social positions of our age – liberal, socialist, and conservative.
6. Behind the Black Mask: My Time as an Antifa Activist
Author: by Gabriel Nadales
Published at: Bombardier Books (October 2, 2020)
A rare and very timely inside account of what it is like to be an Antifa activist from a former member who has since become a conservative. As a young Mexican immigrant, Gabriel Nadales grew up feeling alienated and distant from the American Dream that brought his parents to this country seeking a better life for themselves and their family.
In high school, he was attracted to a left-wing ideology and soon found himself caught up in the anarchist subcultureattending punk-rock concerts, dressing up in garish outfits, and making t-shirts, flags, and zines to fund his activism. He learned about anarchist history and got involved in direct actions, including destructive acts of mayhem.
Above all, he was angry: angry at cops, angry at Wall Street, angry at corporations that despoiled the environment, angry at America itself. It was only after being exposed to works by classical liberal economistssuch as Milton Friedman and Thomas Sowellthat Nadales began to reconsider his assumptions about capitalism and American society.
7. On Anarchism
Author: by Noam Chomsky
Published at: The New Press; 1st edition (November 5, 2013)
The essential primer to the political theory of the thinker the New York Times deemed “arguably the most important intellectual alive” Radical linguist, philosopher, and activist Noam Chomsky is one of the world’s foremost intellectuals. Known for his brilliant evisceration of American foreign policy, state capitalism, and the mainstream media, he remains a formidable and unapologetic critic of established authority.
On Anarchism sheds a much-needed needed light on the foundations of Chomsky’s thought, specifically his constant questioning of the legitimacy of entrenched power. The book gathers his essays and interviews to provide a short, accessible introduction to his distinctively optimistic brand of anarchism.
Chomsky eloquently refutes the notion of anarchism as a fixed idea, suggesting that it is part of a living, evolving tradition, and he disputes the traditional fault lines between anarchism and socialism, emphasizing the power of collective, rather than individualist, action.
8. Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements
Author: by Walidah Imarisha
Published at: AK Press; 1st edition (April 7, 2015)
Whenever we envision a world without war, prisons, or capitalism, we are producing speculative fiction. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown have brought 20 of them together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change.
These visionary tales span genressci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realismbut all are united by an attempt to inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on new ways of understanding ourselves, the world around us, and all the selves and worlds that could be.
Also features essays by Tananarive Due and Mumia Abu-Jamal, and a preface by Sheree Rene Thomas.”Those concerned with justice and liberation must always persuade the mass of people that a better world is possible. Our job begins with speculative fictions that fire society’s imagination and its desire for change.
9. The Social Singularity: How decentralization will allow us to transcend politics, create global prosperity, and avoid the robot apocalypse
Author: by Max Borders
Published at: Social Evolution (June 16, 2018)
The world is rapidly decentralizing. What if politics as we know it is about to end? What if humanity soon organizes itself not in hierarchies, but in hive minds? What if society’s mediating structureseducation, media, and financial institutionsare about to be completely transformed?
Welcome to The Social Singularity. In this decentralization manifesto, futurist Max Borders shows that humanity is already building systems that will underthrow great centers of power. Exploring the promise of a decentralized world, Borders says we will: Reorganize to collaborate and compete with AI;- Operate within networks of superior collective intelligence;- Rediscover our humanity and embrace values for an age of connection.
With lively prose, Borders takes us on a tour of modern pagan festivals, cities of the future, and radically new ways to organize society. In so doing, he examines trends likely to revolutionize the ways we live and work. Although the technological singularity fast approaches, Borders argues, a parallel process of human reorganization will allow us to reap enormous benefits.The paradox?
10. After Collapse: The End of America and the Rebirth of Her Ideals
Author: by Max Borders
Published at: Social Evolution (January 27, 2021)
America is in her twilight. Our systems are headed for collapse. So say goodbye to politics as we know it. In this audacious book, Max Borders shows us that American society is breaking down:Our socio-economic models are faulty. Our hierarchies are strained.
Our belief in the founding ideals is fading. Our systems of mutual aid are dyingOur collective intelligence is fractured. Our civil discourse is deteriorating. Our government is in debt and disorder. Just one of the above challenges would be bad enough.But seven?
These are a consequence of a deep imbalance. Borders argues that when the masculine coercion paradigm and the feminine persuasion paradigm get out of balance, collapse looms. Despite laying out a disquieting case for America’s fall, Borders presents a transpartisan vision for a different kind of society.
With a futurist’s foresight, Borders draws from the world’s wisdom traditions to reimagine the American Founding. At the same time, he calls on us all to turn inward, to become better people, and to criticize by creating. This is your guide to the post-collapse era.”One of the books I recommend the most, and secretly wish the whole world would read.” – Brian Robertson, creator of Holacracy on The Social Singularity.
The Anarchist Cookbook
Author: by Keith McHenry
Published at: See Sharp Press (October 1, 2015)
From the cofounder of Food Not Bombs, an action-oriented guide to anarchism, social change, and vegan cooking Unlike the original Anarchist Cookbook, which contained instructions for the manufacture of explosives, this version is both a cookbook in the literal sense and also a cookbook of recipes for social and political change.
The coffee-tablesized book is divided into three sections: a theoretical section explaining what anarchism is and what it isn’t; information on organizational principles and tactics for social and political change; and finally, numerous tasty vegan recipes from one of the cofounders of the international Food Not Bombs movement.
12. The Ecology of Freedom: The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy
Author: by Murray Bookchin
Published at: AK Press (July 1, 2005)
The very notion of the domination of nature by man stems from the very real domination of human by human. With this succinct formulation, Murray Bookchin launches his most ambitious work, The Ecology of Freedom. An engaging and extremely readable book of breathtaking scope, its inspired synthesis of ecology, anthropology and political theory traces our conflicting legacies of hierarchy and freedom from the first emergence of human culture to today’s globalized capitalism, constantly pointing the way to a sane, sustainable ecological future.
Murray Bookchin, cofounder of the Institute for Social Ecology, has been an active voice in the ecology and anarchist movements for more than 40 years. The author of numerous books and articles, he lives in Burlington, Vermont. In Oakland, California on March 24, 2015 a fire destroyed the AK Press warehouse along with several other businesses.
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13. The Peter Kropotkin Anthology (Annotated): The Conquest of Bread, Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution, Fields, Factories and Workshops, An Appeal to the Young and The Life of Kropotkin
Author: by Peter Kropotkin
Published at: Independently published (June 29, 2020)
Five works in one collection, and also available for purchase on Kindle and Audible. The Peter Kropotkin Anthology will awaken in you a new perspective as Peter Kropotkin viewed the communist society in which he lived during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Story 1: The Conquest of BreadThe deficiencies of the economic systems of capitalism and feudalism are proposed to be how the whole of society is kept in poverty and scarcity and, therefore, under the control of the wealthy few. Written in the late 1800s, this prophetic book reveals the truths of the many abuses against human rights caused by the centralization of industry.
Story 2: Mutual Aid: A Factor of EvolutionMutual aid, otherwise known as mutually beneficial cooperation, is explored as having an essential role in both the animal kingdom and human society in the survival of everyone. Supporting the theory and foundation for anarchist communism, Peter presents an altruistic view of society, comparing it to the natural laws of biology and evolution.
14. Against Method
Author: by Paul Feyerabend
Published at: Verso; Fourth Edition (May 11, 2010)
Paul Feyerabend’s globally acclaimed work, which sparked and continues to stimulate fierce debate, examines the deficiencies of many widespread ideas about scientific progress and the nature of knowledge. Feyerabend argues that scientific advances can only be understood in a historical context.
He looks at the way the philosophy of science has consistently overemphasized practice over method, and considers the possibility that anarchism could replace rationalism in the theory of knowledge. This updated edition of the classic text includes a new introduction by Ian Hacking, one of the most important contemporary philosophers of science.
Hacking reflects on both Feyerabend’s life and personality as well as the broader significance of the book for current discussions.
15. The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia (Yale Agrarian Studies Series)
Author: by James C. Scott
Published at: Yale University Press; Illustrated edition (November 30, 2010)
From the acclaimed author and scholar James C. Scott, the compelling tale of Asian peoples who until recently have stemmed the vast tide of state-making to live at arm’s length from any organized state society For two thousand years the disparate groups that now reside in Zomia (a mountainous region the size of Europe that consists of portions of seven Asian countries) have fled the projects of the organized state societies that surround themslavery, conscription, taxes, corve labor, epidemics, and warfare.
This book, essentially an anarchist history, is the first-ever examination of the huge literature on state-making whose author evaluates why people would deliberately and reactively remain stateless. Among the strategies employed by the people of Zomia to remain stateless are physical dispersion in rugged terrain; agricultural practices that enhance mobility; pliable ethnic identities; devotion to prophetic, millenarian leaders; and maintenance of a largely oral culture that allows them to reinvent their histories and genealogies as they move between and around states.
16. Anarcho-Syndicalism: Theory and Practice (Working Classics)
Author: by Rudolf Rocker
Published at: AK Press; 6th edition (June 1, 2004)
In 1937, at the behest of Emma Goldman, Rocker penned this political and philosophical masterpiece as an introduction to the ideals fueling the Spanish social revolution and resistance to capitalism the world over. Within, Rocker offers an introduction to anarchist ideas, a history of the international workers’ movement, and an outline of the syndicalist strategies and tactics embraced at the time (direct action, sabotage and the general strike).
Includes a lengthy introduction by Nicholas Walter and a Preface by Noam Chomsky. [Rocker’s] approach is far from utopian’; this is not an abstract discourse but a call to action. Noam ChomskyRudolf Rocker (18731958) was a leading figure in the international anarchist movement for over 60 years.
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