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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2013
Excellent if not edging towards mechanical perspective of Marxist critique of nineteenth century anarchism. Like the great mentor and rival of Plekhanov; Kropotkin,they both made the horrific mistake of supporting the butchery of the "Great" War swept up by social patriotism. As others have pointed out not much thought going into outlining a perspective of the alternative: revolutionary socialism. Perhaps a fatal aberration, Plekhanov relying too much on reference to the French Revolution & Rousseauvian perspective outlined with his reference to once understudy Lenin,"...that`s my Robespierre." Possibly leading under the authoritarian degeneration of USSR under Bolshervik leadership to Stalinist Totalitarianism.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2011
This is an honest 1895 translation of Plekhanov's essay on Anarchism. The book is remarkably easy to read. The author (and the translator's) command of the subject is clearly demonstrated. The book provides an honest critique of Anarchism. I found the argues fair and genuine. I strongly recommend this book to all socially conscious individuals whose power of reason forces them to side with a political faction in these trying days of financial hardship.
Anarchism is a seemingly instinctive and beautiful solution to the miseries of the world. The credit crunch and the mess "the Capitalists" have left us in, demands an Anarchismic solution in the first instinct.
It is by understanding its whole proposals, its social roots and ambitions so nicely depicted in this book that one realises that Anarchism is actually a retrograde force; a force of conservatism!
I think all honest and passionate Anrachists need to read this book and then decide if their method is the best for tomorrow's world.
I admit, the book does not necessarily provide a solution; Plekhanov declares himself a socialist but fails to argue why! Maybe he does in his other books. The book is a joy to read and I fully recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2012
All in all, a good read if you are interested in the subject. However, mistakes have been made in translation, which makes it hard to follow.
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on 2 August 2013
Even Lenin valued the works of Plekhanov. Shame he died of Tuberculosis in 1918 who knows what he would have become but his works are valued still and this book is worthy of reading to all those interested in Socialism .He had a clear vision of what it is all about.You should read this.
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on 10 December 2014
Loved this well intelligent read.
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