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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire #223 - Read: Michael Schmidt: Mapping anarchism (fr) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:40:03 +0200


Michael Schmidt is not only a talented historian, he is also an activist whose spring force commitment in tone and the central theses of the book. From the outset, this mapping states that " anarchist tradition "is historically dated and geographically more widespread than what is usually described. It also argues that anarchism is deeply proletarian - sensitivity and ideology born at the same time as the industrial era - as opposed to the almost immediate authoritarian Marxism and trade unionism it is almost coextensive: both practice self- organization and offensive strategy. ---- For the author, it is indeed not possible to separate the modern form of anarchism what it opposes - capitalism. If the libertarian sense is prior to the industrial era (in philosophical Taoism mound Chinese imperial centralism, radical materialism of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, etc..) Should not be confused with the mass consciousness of the nineteenth century in anarchism is a form of organization of the working class.

The specificity of the approach Michael Schmidt is also another repositioning geography. Recall that the author is a South African, it is this view which allows him to put the record straight. For revolutionary anarchism spreads from the original (mid nineteenth century), Cuba, Russia, South America and Asia. Far from being just the West, it is also written in the same way and with the same force, Chinese, Korean, languages ââin sub-Saharan Africa.

Moreover, it is one of the most exciting aspects of the book, and inspiring: the description by Mr. Schmidt depth and consistency of ideological anarchism, its roots, and its internationalism native, this wind that spread throughout the world. Finally, we note the intelligence of the historical account rather than chronology where ideas or characters of anarchy, the author conducted five "waves" whose consistency is both events, strategic and ideological. In doing so, he reassures us of the strength and vitality of anarchism: evolutionary, it is still valid, and it is more than ever an answer to capitalism, across time and across borders and cultures.

Cuervo (AL Northwest Suburbs)

Mapping of revolutionary anarchism of Michael Schmidt, ed Lux, 190 pages, 14 euros
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