Saturday, August 28, 2010
ANARCHISM AND SOCIALISM BY WAYNE PRICE:
There's an interesting new book now out from the good folks at Thought Crime Ink in Edmonton. 'Anarchism and Socialism: Reformism or Revolution' is a fresh perspective on anarchist organizing in the 21st century. Here's the promo.>>>
Anarchism & Socialism: Reformism or Revolution?
by Wayne Price
From the Forward by Andrew Flood (Workers Solidarity Movement--Ireland):
"This collection of essays by Wayne Price…will hopefully play a significant part in helping us build the movement we need…..This volume represents a good foundation to this process. It revisits many of the essential basic questions and lays down a coherent position in regard to them. Wayne's insights are important to us because they are based not just on a theoretical study of revolution but on five decades of practical experience in the North American left and the anarchist movement".
In these essays grouped around common themes, Wayne Price draws on decades of extensive practical experience in antiwar and student movements, marxist tendency groups and affinity-based anarchist organizations, to make an insightful case for "pro-organizational," class-struggle anarchism.
In refreshingly accessible, non-polemical prose, Price distills the best of late 20th century marxist economic thought and anti-authoritarian organizing. This informs his coherent takes on such issues as the relation between class and non-class oppressions, productive engagement with reformist movements, technology and primitivism, and the worldwide economic crash of 2008-2009. Price's recurrent theme is how revolution can possibly be made out of our collective struggles as workers and other marginalized peoples— and how such revolution can avoid the "successes" of Leninist revolutions of China, Cuba and the Soviet Union.
Finally, Price's engagement with the trends of anti-authoritarian marxist and anarchist thought serve as a critical introduction to dozens of other essential writers in these traditions, such as Cornelius Castoradis, Ellen Wood, Hal Draper and Paul Goodman.
Part I: What is Revolutionary, Class Struggle, Anarchist-Communism?
What is Class Struggle Anarchism?
The Relationship Between the Working Class and Nonclass Oppression
Anarchist Organization, Not Leninist Vanguardism
What is Anarchist-Communism?
Industrial Capitalism and Civilization
Part II: Reformism or Revolution
Confronting the Question of Power
Our Program is the Anarchist Revolution!
Elements of a Program for Labor
Paul Goodman’s Anarchism
Hal Draper and Socialism-from-Below
The Crisis of Capitalism
Part III: The Nature of the “Communist” Countries & the Russian Revolution
What Do We Mean by Anti-Capitalism?
The Bureaucratic Ruling Class
The Degeneration of the Russian Revolution
Can be ordered from the publisher for $17.50 at http://www.thoughtcrimeink.com/books/detail/anarchism_s...tion/
Note: The Abolition of the State, Anarchist & Marxist Perspectives, Price's first book, can still be ordered from www.AuthorHouse.com . A Spanish translation has been made but is not yet published.