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  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Freedom Press; Revised edition edition (12 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0900384743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0900384745
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,240,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Errico Malatesta (December 14, 1853 – July 22, 1932) was an Italian anarchist. He spent much of his life exiled from Italy and in total spent more than ten years in prison. Malatesta wrote and edited a number of radical newspapers and was also a friend of Mikhail Bakunin. He was an enormously popular figure in his time. Malatesta was a committed revolutionary: he believed that the anarchist revolution was coming soon, and that violence would be a necessary part of it since the state rested ultimately on violent coercion. As he wrote in his article "The Revolutionary 'Haste'": It is our aspiration and our aim that everyone should become socially conscious and effective; but to achieve this end, it is necessary to provide all with the means of life and for development, and it is therefore necessary to destroy with violence, since one cannot do otherwise, the violence which denies these means to the workers. Malatesta, then, advocated violence as a "necessary" part of the emancipation of the working class. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 May 2005
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The thing that struck me most about this pamhplet is just how honestly Malatesta writes. He does no claim that he, or any anarchists for that matter, have all the answers to what the world would be like under anarchism. Although a short pamphlet, there is a vast amount of information and ideology with some fantastic analogies of the shackles capitalist society create.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By abclaret on 15 Jan. 2007
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This is probably the best single introduction to Anarchist Communism your ever going to read. Malatesta uses a plain language and his concern is approaching arguements from the view of the skeptic, using philosphy and concrete examples to show how Anarchists could organise a new and better society. Surely a must in the library or propaganda of any Anarchist.
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By Lotli on 15 April 2013
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Changed my thinking and now think everyone should read this book. Gives a new positive perspective on communities and all the more relevant now with more freedoms for people to act together - although the current political climate is coming from a different place entirely and not to be confused with anarchism.
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Very good introductory book to Anarchy by a very active author and activist.
Conversations in a cafe by the same author is again a very interesting "debate" of anarchy against political ideas.
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A little dated but still relevant. 9 Feb. 2013
By Peter J Nolan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a really interesting pamphlet on Anarchy. Its from the 1890's so it has some ideas that later got tested by the soviet union and china, and turned out to be less efficacious than desired. Still it makes very compelling arguments for an anarchist society, arguments which are still surprisingly true a hundred and twenty years later. Definitely a good read for anyone interested in the historical roots of anarchism, or someone who wants some good reasons why we should adopt an anarchist society. Though if you're looking for a more mechanistic view of how an anarchistic society should function, this pamphlet doesn't offer much in that regard, and much of what it does offer was proven not to work historically, so perhaps something a little more recent would be for you.
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Anarchist Primer 26 Mar. 2015
By David Ortiz Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a primer on the basic tenets of anarchism from the Italian best known for theorizing and practicing an anarchist lifestyle. It is a short read and decisively refutes the many misconceptions about anarchism, especially the idea that anarchy is chaos and disorder. I teach a course on the History of Anarchism and this book has informed my syllabus on a number of occasions. A more readable version with similar impact is Malatesta's "At the Cafe: Conversations on Anarchism". I recommend both to any reader who really wants to understand Anarchism.
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Five Stars 11 Oct. 2014
By bgarramone - Published on Amazon.com
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Good glimpse into the ideas of anarchists in the 19th century.
Still actual after more than 100 years! 24 April 2015
By Enrico E. Massetti - Published on Amazon.com
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Great classic book from one of the fathers of Italian Anarchism, still actual after more than 100 years!
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*NOT anarchy, at all. 9 Dec. 2013
By Christopher - Published on Amazon.com
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A childish and frankly stupid lack of any understanding of humanity or reading of history. Not a book on anarchy at all but a lazily concealed promotion of socialism and class warfare through atheistic, Darwinian, and Marxist principles. Miserably fails in attempting to replace one utopian vision for another.
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