Recommended reading on anarchist society?

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Mar 3 2019 11:19
Recommended reading on anarchist society?

Got this question from someone I'm in contact with and thought I'd throw it out to the floor:
"If anarchism wins, then what? Who will pick up the trash? Who will fix the ruptured pipes? Put out fires? What do we do with homicidal maniacs and sociopaths who mean folks harm? How long will it take for the utopian society to take root? And if you can refer me to an anarchist scholar who has tackled this topic and others like it, please lace me up."
What do people think the most relevant reading to recommend would be? Kropotkin? Berkman? Malatesta? AF/ACG pamphlets? Crimethinc? Dauve (not that he calls himself an anarchist, but w/e)? Colin Ward? Cindy Milstein? Something else entirely?

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Mar 3 2019 11:43

Certainly doesn’t cover everything you mention but I really like Kropotkins ‘Are We Good Enough’. It kind of throws these challenges back at people but also answers some questions, at least in a broad sense.

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Mar 3 2019 11:51

Ward - anarchy in action
Gelderloos - anarchy works
Kropotkin - mutual aid

the inherent natural progression of mutual aid in times of it actually happening.. the community getting together and deciding who will fix ruptured pipes. An anarchist scholar will have no input on the there and then of a situation and how any particular community will respond. Although they may theorise....

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Mar 4 2019 12:16

How about this section from "An Anarchist FAQ"?: https://anarchism.pageabode.com/afaq/secIcon.html

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Mar 4 2019 18:19
R Totale wrote:
Got this question from someone I'm in contact with and thought I'd throw it out to the floor:
"If anarchism wins, then what? Who will pick up the trash?

Probably one for the music threads but... https://youtu.be/FO79S-VPkL0?t=49

But I guess it depends on what type of anarchism wins since anarchism includes more than just anarchist communism. I'd echo the Anarchist Faq suggestion for reading material.

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Mar 4 2019 18:39

^ hah, I had actually ended up signing my reply off with that, without even having seen this.

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Mar 4 2019 23:18

Gaston Leval's Collectives in the Spanish Revolution would have some good stuff (I really like the chapter on Anarchist bookkeeping).

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Mar 5 2019 00:44

My introduction to anarchism was Alexander Berkman's ABC of Anarchism by Freedom Press

https://libcom.org/library/abc-anarchism-alexander-berkman

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Mar 5 2019 09:04

I feel like Errico Malatesta nailed it here (Part 7 of "Anarchy").

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Mar 16 2019 16:07

Belated thanks again for all these recommendations!