Anarchism - further reading guide

Libcom's guide to further reading around the subject of anarchism.

Submitted by Steven. on October 11, 2008

- An Anarchist FAQ
- Anarchist communism - an introduction
- Anarcho-syndicalism - an introduction
- Libertarian communism, capitalism and direct action - an introduction
- Primitivism, anarcho-primitivism and anti-civilisationism - criticism

- No Gods, No Masters
- Anarchism: An Introduction

Murray Bookchin
- Listen, Marxist!
- Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism
- Post-Scarcity Anarchism
- Anarchism, Marxism and The Future of The Left
- Anarchist Papers
- Re-Enchanting Humanity: A Defense of the Human Spirit Against Antihumanism, Misanthropy, Mysticism and Primitivism
- The Murray Bookchin Reader
- The Spanish Anarchists: The Heroic Years 1868-1936
- From Urbanization to Cities: Toward a New Politics of Citizenship
- The Ecology of Freedom
- Defending the Earth: A Dialogue Between Murray Bookchin and Dave Forman
- The Philosophy of Social Ecology: Dialectical Naturalism
- The Politics of Social Ecology - Janet Biehl, w/ Murray Bookchin
- Toward an Ecological Society
- Limits of the City
- The Third Revolution: Popular Movements in the Revolutionary Era
- Hip Culture
- Modern Crisis
- Urbanization Without Cities: The Rise and Decline of Citizenship
- The Rise of Urbanization and the Decline of Citizenship

Errico Malatesta
- Anarchy
- Fra Contadini: A Dialogue on Anarchy
- Selected Writings
- Malatesta's Anarchy

Emma Goldman
- Anarchism and Other Essays
- Red Emma
- Living My Life, 2 Vols.

Mikhail Bakunin
- God and State
- The Basic Bakunin
- Bakunin on Anarchism

Peter Kropotkin:
- The Conquest of Bread and Other Writings: The Conquest of Bread and Other Writings
- Anarchism; & Anarchist communism: [two essays]
- The Essential Kropotkin
- Memoirs of a Revolutionist
- The State--Its Historic Role
- Act for Yourselves: Articles from Freedom 1886-1907
- Fields, Factories and Workshops
- The Modern State
- Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution

Pierre Proudhon
- The Philosophy of Poverty
- What is Property?
- The General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century
- The Principle of Federation

Alexander Berkman
- ABC of Anarchism
- The Bolshevik Myth
- The Anti-climax
- The Kronstadt Rebellion

Rudolf Rocker
- Anarcho-syndicalism
- Anarchism and Anarcho-syndicalism
- Nationalism and Culture
- The Truth About Spain
- The Tragedy of Spain

Max Nettlau
- A Short history of Anarchism
- Anarchy Through The Times
- Errico Malatesta: Men and Movements in The History and Philosophy of Anarchism
- History of Anarchism: Men and Movements in The History and Philosophy of Anarchism
- Unfolding of Anarchism: Its Origins and Historical Development to the Year 1864

Noam Chomsky (Note: There is no one book where Chomsky lays out his anarchism, but that is his political conclusion, so to speak. He is also super-prolific!)
- Class Warfare
- Manufacturing Consent
- Chronicles of Dissent
- Keeping the Rabble in Line
- Language and Mind
- Language and Politics
- Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies
- Power and Prospects
- The Essential Chomsky: Political Writings of Noam Chomsky
- Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda
- Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship

- Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism- Schmidt/ van der Walt
- How Shall We Bring About the Revolution? : Syndicalism and the Co-Operative Commonwealth - Pataud/Pouget
- Sabotage - Emile Pouget
- Beware Anarchist a Life for Freedom : An Autobiography - Augustin Souchy
- The Unknown Revolution : 1917-1921 - Voline
- 1917. The Russian Revolution Betrayed - Voline
- Chomsky's Politics - Rai
- Chomsky's Revolution: Cognitivism and Anarchism
- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon: his revolutionary life, mind and works - Hyams
- Pierre Joseph Proudhon: his life and work - Woodcock
- Errico Malatesta, His Life and Ideas - Vernon Richards (ed.)
- Nationalism and the International Labor Movement: The Idea of the Nation in Socialist and Anarchist Theory - Michael Forman
- To Die on Your Feet: The Life, Times, and Writings of Praxedis G. Guerrero - Ward S. Albro, ed.
- 101 Things to Do 'Til the Revolution: Ideas and Resources for Self-Liberation, Monkey - Wrenching and Preparedness - Claire Wolfe
- Anarchism and Anarchists - George Woodcock
- Anarchy in Action - Colin Ward
- Bakunin : The Philosophy of Freedom - Brain Morris
- Facing the Enemy: A History of Anarchism Organization from Proudhon to May 68 - Alexandre Skirda
- Gramsci and the Anarchists - Carl Levy
- Anarchism: Left, Right, and Green - Ulrike Heider

Adapted from Chris Wright's Revolutionary Reading Guide



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Submitted by Diagoras on October 29, 2008

"101 Things to Do 'Til the Revolution: Ideas and Resources for Self-Liberation, Monkey - Wrenching and Preparedness - Claire Wolfe"

I remember glancing through this book in a library once, and perhaps I missed something, but she seemed to be writing from a rather firmly libertarian-survivalist-capitalist position... the archetypal "gun toting redneck" of the American south. I don't really think an author that mentions Ayn Rand in her inspirations should really be considered in any serious discussion of anarchism ;).


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Submitted by rbgraham on October 12, 2010

Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas includes a wide variety of original texts, some translated into English for the first time, in a three volume anthology of anarchist writings from ancient China to the present day. Volume One, subtitled From Anarchy to Anarchism (300CE-1939), begins with a text from 300CE by the Daoist sage, Bao Jingyan, and covers the English and French Revolutions, the origins of the European anarchist movement, the conflict between the proto-anarchist elements and Marxists in the First International, the development of anarchist communism, the rise of anarcho-syndicalism, the Mexican and Russian Revolutions, anarchism in China, Japan and Korea, the Platform and its critics, the struggle against fascism and the Spanish Revolution and Civil War. Many of the selections have not appeared in English translation before.
Volume Two, subtitled The Emergence of the New Anarchism (1939-1977), documents the remarkable resurgence of anarchism following the tragic defeat of the Spanish anarchists in the Spanish Civil War. Contributions include Daniel Guerin on libertarian communism, Noam Chomsky on anarchism, Diego Abad de Santillan on anarchism without adjectives, Philip Sansom and Maurice Joyeaux on the relevance of syndicalism, Marie Louise Berneri, Jean Sauliere and Voline on war and resistance, André Prudhommeaux, Louis Mercier Vega and Jacobo Prince on rebuilding the anarchist movement, Murray Bookchin on ecology and anarchy, the Cohn-Bendit brothers and the Provos on the student and youth revolution, plus material on science and technology, anarcha-feminism, bureaucracy and organization, and gay liberation.
Volume Three, which covers the period from the mid-1970s to the present day, includes material on especifismo, the horizontalidad movement in Argentina, global justice movements against neo-liberalism, the modern day Magonistas and Zapatistas in Mexico, contemporary syndicalism, libertarian economic alternatives, anti-capitalism, the revolt in Greece, direct action, eco-anarchism, sexual liberation, the Cuban anarchist movement, anarchism and indigenous movements, post-anarchism and libertarian democracy.