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Direct Struggle Against Capital: A Peter Kropotkin Anthology [Paperback]

Peter Kropotkin , Iain McKay
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9 April 2014
Peter Kropotkin is by far anarchism's most influential theorist, and Direct Struggle Against Capital is the most extensive collection of his writings available in English. Over half the selections have been translated for the first time or recovered from long-out-of-print pamphlets and newspapers. The result is a volume that provides an introduction to classic texts, while showing new facets of a familiar and canonical figure. Direct Struggle Against Capital paints a detailed portrait of Kropotkin the revolutionary, the man Emma Goldman described as someone for whom anarchism was not an ideal for the select few. It was a constructive social theory, destined to usher in a new world for all of mankind. Fully annotated and featuring a lengthy historical introduction, biographical sketch, glossary, and index.

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  • Paperback: 723 pages
  • Publisher: AK Press; annotated edition edition (9 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849351708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849351706
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,130,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921) was one of anarchism's most famous thinkers. His classic works include Conquest of Bread; Fields, Factories and Workshops; Memoirs of a Revolutionist; and Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution. Iain McKay is author of An Anarchist FAQ (volumes 1 & 2) and Property Is Theft: A Pierre-Joseph Proudhon Anthology.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kropotkin Redux 30 Jun 2014
It could hardly be more urgent for Anarchists to renew their understanding of the world of capital and of class struggle than it is now in the second decade of the 21st century. Marxism - at least that reading of Marx that dominated "real existing socialism" and its major heresy - is now of marginal interest except to a bevy of academic economists and philosophers looking for a paperback pop intellectual best seller. Libertarian socialist ideas form the only credible alternative to the cynicism of contemporary capitalist thought and for that this anthology is timely.

Kropotkin emerges in this own writing here as an incisive and profound thinker whose distinctive voice explains with refreshing clarity the neccessity for unremitting class war against capital - the peaceful prince who might be mistaken for Tolstoy fades to a shade under the light of Kropotkins own words.

As with his Proudhon volume, McKay does us a service just as an editor but to this his introduction (again, as he did with Proudhon) adds its own immense value. McKay lays bear the real trajectory of Kropotkin's thought from the source correcting the layers of misunderstanding and misrepresentation by careful reference to Kropotkin's own words.

In this volume we now have a vade mecum for one of classical anarchism's seminal thinkers and activists and the opportunity to grasp his thought in its unity and its historical development which has until now been difficult for the non-specialist historian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 July 2014
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A hefty collection of Kropotkin's writings. Well worth your time
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