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No Gods No Masters: An Anthology of Anarchism [Paperback]

By Daniel Guerin (Editor)
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The first English translation of Guérin’s monumental anthology of anarchism, published here in one volume. It details a vast array of unpublished documents, letters, debates, manifestos, reports, impassioned calls-to-arms and reasoned analysis; the history, organization and practice of the movement—its theorists, advocates and activists; the great names and the obscure, towering legends and unsung heroes.

This definitive anthology portrays anarchism as a sophisticated ideology whose nuances and complexities highlight the natural desire for freedom in all of us. The classical texts will re-establish anarchism as both an intellectual and practical force to be reckoned with. Includes writings by Emma Goldman, Kropotkin, Berkman, Bakunin, Prouhon, and Malatesta.

Daniel Guérin was the author of Anarchism: From Theory to Practice.

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Pages   699
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   1.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2005
Publisher   AK Press
ISBN  1904859259  
ISBN13  9781904859253  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Daniel Guerin was a French anarchist and gay activist. He was a prolific writer. Several of his works have been translated into English, including Anarchism: From Theory to Practice, Fascism and Big Business and Class Struggle in the French Republic.

Daniel Guerin was born in 1904.

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No Tolstoy - But Still GREAT!  May 28, 2008
One reviewer here gave this book only 1 star because, and simply because, it did not include Leo Tolstoy. The reviewer suggests that this is because the editor did not want to acknowledge the Christian anarchists, and therefore was - I gather - abusing his position of "authority" (on the subject).

Not a bad argument, if that is truly what the reviewer was getting at. However, to give this book only 1 star - the lowest rating one could give it - would suggest that the reviewer thinks that ONLY Tolstoy had something of importance to offer to those involved in anarchist studies. The reviewer indicated that the editor of the book had an agenda, but this is very much the pot calling the kettle black.

There is no good reason to exclude Christian anarchism from anarchist studies, but there is no reason to believe that Christian anarchism is more important than the secular/humanist breeds of anarchism. To suggest that without Tolstoy one can not grasp anarchism is as silly as suggesting that without Christian anarchism, there would be no anarchism, period. Although it may be true that passivism has been a part of Christianity longer than it has been a part of "anarchism", anarchism has been around longer than Christianity.
A fascinating colelction of libertarian ideas  Nov 15, 2007
I agree with Noam Chomsky's words on the back of the book, that "This marvelous collection of classic anarchist essays is a real treasure trove of fascinating material, and a fine introduction to a wide spectrum of anarchist thought."

With that being said there is one issue I would like to address as posed by another reviewer.

I acknowledge the fact that Guerin excluded Tolstoy from this anthology and for good reason, I believe, as he wanted to present a secular history of anarchism (compared to subscribing to Tolstoy's Christian Anarchism, which would require, undoubtedly, imposed conformity in several different aspects [as all religions have sets of principles and practices]). Dogma itself is a thing that anarchists reject; religious dogma is no exception. That is not to generalize anarchists as all on the same branch but all stemming from the same trunk. If one wanted to include Tolstoy's Christian Anarchism then it would make sense to include other concepts such as Market Anarchy. As Albert Meltzer once pointed out, this concept of anarcho-capitalism is a perversion of what anarchism has always been (the ending exploitation of man by man). The concept of a market itself; a buyer looking to get as much as they can for the smallest cost and the seller looking to sell as little for the biggest cost creates a split and polarization of interests; the inception of classes.
A terrific history of anarchism with many anarchists' writings   Aug 6, 2007
This is an excellent collection of anarchist' writings. Now that I have read part of it (I'm still reading it), I understand an anarchism much better. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in understanding the subject of Anarchism. However, it is a very long book and some of the writers' ideas are somewhat similar.

No Tolstoy  Jul 17, 2007
Doesn't include a single word from Leo Tolstoy, one of the earliest and most important Anarchists. Presumably--especially given the title of the book--Guerin did not want anyone to know that there was ever such a thing as Christian Anarchism. But there was. Indeed, it seems to be a trend that certain leftists always want to hide the existence of a leftism inspired by religion. Radical egalitarianism, of course, was an idea that belonged to religion long before modern leftist politics came into existence. And even today, some countries have active and powerful Christian Socialist parties (Wiki "Christian Social Party" for a partial list, or google "christian socialist movement"). Liberation Theology was and is an important component of social justice struggles in Latin America, including the Sandinista revolution.

In addition to being the most influential Christian anarchist, Tolstoy is important as an influential pacifist anarchist. Considering the image of anarchists as terrorists and "bomb-throwers," you will really want some pacifist anarchism in your collection if you're trying to persuade your friends to become anarchists. Pacifist anarchism became slightly trendy after WWII, and there were some good pacifist anarchist writers like Alex Comfort; but Tolstoy is the original.

Instead of this book, which doctors the history of Anarchism in order to present it as a unified school of thought (No school of thought is ever really unified, of course...the best you can usually do is to say that a given group of thinkers has a common intellectual ancestor), perhaps you should keep looking for a book that presents Anarchism in all its diversity, without any kind of an agenda. I would suggest "The Great Anarchists" by Eltzbacher for a good intro to seven of the most influential early anarchists, including Tolstoy. For the more recent stuff, including Murray Bookchin and Chomsky, the forthcoming book The Anarchist Current: 1939-2007 by Robert Graham looks like it will be very good. And then there is always a *free* introduction (can't get much more Anarchist than that) in the Anarchist FAQ. Just google it and go to any of the sites that come up; they're all mirrors of the same exact text.

And if you really want to get No Gods, No Masters, just be sure to buy some Tolstoy as well!
A rich collection of classical anarchist texts!  Jul 16, 2006
Thank you AK Press for re-printing Daniel Guerin's classic anthology of early anarchist manifestoes! Included are essays by Malatesta, Goldman, Kropotkin, Bakunin, Durruti and Makhno, among others, covering such important events in late 19th/ early 20th century radical history as the Paris Commune, the Kronstadt rebellion and the Spanish civil war. Labor history scholars and activists alike will benefit greatly from adding this gigantic tome to their peronal libraries!

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