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Title: The ABC of Anarchism
Author: Alexander Berkman
Publisher: Published January 11th 2005 by Dover Publications (first published 1929)
ISBN: 9780486433691
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A gifted writer for the anarchist movement, Alexander Berkman left Russia for the United States in 1888 when he was eighteen. Thirty-one years later, after serving a prison term for an attempted assassination, he was expelled to the Soviet Union, a country which he eventually renounced. But before his repudiation of the Soviet system, Berkman attempted to answer some of th A gifted writer for the anarchist movement, Alexander Berkman left Russia for the United States in 1888 when he was eighteen. Thirty-one years later, after serving a prison term for an attempted assassination, he was expelled to the Soviet Union, a country which he eventually renounced. But before his repudiation of the Soviet system, Berkman attempted to answer some of the charges made against anarchism and to present its case clearly and intelligently. This book, first published in 1929, is the result of those efforts. Thorough and well stated, The ABC of Anarchism is today widely regarded as a classic declaration of the movement's goals and methods. For those who have questions about anarchism, Berkman provides lucid answers. In conversational tones, he discusses society as it existed in the early twentieth century; why in his opinion, anarchy was necessary; the myths surrounding it; and necessary preparations for its successful implementation. Of the book, Emma Goldman said: "People need a primer of Anarchism—an ABC, as it were, that would teach them the rudimentary principles of Anarchism and whet their appetites for something more profound. [The book] was intended to serve this purpose. That it has fulfilled its purpose no one who has read [it] will deny."

30 review for The ABC of Anarchism

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    Back in the sixties Chicago's Lincoln Park was an interesting neighborhood. The International headquarters of the Industrial Workers of the World was there above something I recall as "The Armenian-American Soup Kitchen." So was DePaul University and the Chicago Theological Seminary--the reason the restaurant on the corner of Fullerton and Halsted is still called the "Seminary." Down Halsted there was a used bookstore, The Guild, filled with middle-aged communists with whom I used to argue and f Back in the sixties Chicago's Lincoln Park was an interesting neighborhood. The International headquarters of the Industrial Workers of the World was there above something I recall as "The Armenian-American Soup Kitchen." So was DePaul University and the Chicago Theological Seminary--the reason the restaurant on the corner of Fullerton and Halsted is still called the "Seminary." Down Halsted there was a used bookstore, The Guild, filled with middle-aged communists with whom I used to argue and from which I bought my first book by C.G. Jung. Further down and just left on Armitage was the best bookstore of them all: The Solidarity Bookshop, a nineteenth century stoplight in the front window, always on, red forever. Solidarity was such an anarchist institution that I often "worked" there. In other words, whoever was working there was quite comfortable to have a sixteen year old take over the shop while he or she went down the street for a bite at the local walk-up greasy spoon. There wasn't much business. There wasn't even a cash register--or maybe there was, an ancient one that didn't work. I believe we kept the money, such as it was, in a cigar box. In any case, I had ample opportunity to browse whether or not "on duty." Gosh, it was wonderful, the ideal model of a bookstore. Old, woody, dusty, but organized, yes, organized: Calabrian labour, IWW, Coordinadora, Spanish Civil War, Socialism, Anarcho-Syndicalism, et cetera. My first purchase was Berkman's The ABC of Anarchism. I think the guy in jeans and blue workshirt who seemed to be managing the store suggested it because I didn't know what I was doing. I just wanted to know what anarchism was as a political philosophy as distinct from communism and socialism and impressive-sounding syndicalism. His advice was good. Berkman's essay is clear and understandable, a good start for teenagers in pursuit of a better world. The store is gone now. So is the Guild. So is the IWW. So is the soup kitchen. So even is the Chicago Theological Seminary. The Yuppies moved in, replacing the Brown Berets and the Panthers, laying a townhouse foundation in what used to be Chicago's own Peoples' Park. Ugh!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    Required reading, right? Volume 1 of "Working Classics Series," for example. One of the strengths of this book is meant to be its simple language and clear argumentation. At first, I felt like it was talking down to me, but the further I got into it, the more I liked it, as Berkman builds his argument. I was a little disappointed with the bits about violence. Berkman shot Frick... and failed to kill him. Later, it is suspected, he was involved with some kind of bomb workshop that exploded. So ma Required reading, right? Volume 1 of "Working Classics Series," for example. One of the strengths of this book is meant to be its simple language and clear argumentation. At first, I felt like it was talking down to me, but the further I got into it, the more I liked it, as Berkman builds his argument. I was a little disappointed with the bits about violence. Berkman shot Frick... and failed to kill him. Later, it is suspected, he was involved with some kind of bomb workshop that exploded. So maybe he's not the right guy to try and distance the movement from its violent reputation. On the other hand, he'd matured by the time he wrote this, the environment had changed and he's thinking differently about violence. It would have been even worse if he'd ignored the subject. I think he should have written some more about it, though. His argument here seems to boil down to "They are a lot more violent than we are." It seems like he didn't expect his own violent actions to spark the revolution, it was more like, Frick was being all gangsta and Berkman was like, he needs to get got. The bits in Emma Goldman's autobiography about Berkman vs. Frick are more thoughtful. This book gets really good at the end, though, and the chapter about what kinds of labor unions we need to make a social revolution was great. A great deal of Berkman's vision of an anarchist society sounds like The Conquest of Bread-lite, but I like that. This was written after the tragedy of Bolshevism, and Berkman uses the Russian Revolution as an example a lot, what they did right, what they did wrong. He has some other books that apparently get deeper into that, like his book on the Kronstadt Rebellion. That stuff was interesting, too, because usually, you get the liberal version, where everything between February 1917 and July was good, and then July to October was not so good, and then after October its all bad, but Berkman is more nuanced, without being sympathetic to the dictators. Allow me to quote from the conclusion to this book: "Force and suppression, persecution, revenge, and terror have characterized all revolutions in the past and have thereby defeated their original aims. The time has come to try new methods, new ways."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Woagh

    Very good overview of Communism, Anarchism, their relations, divisions (internal and external), and simple explanations for our history as a class conflict. Still very applicable today, and not difficult to read (compared to other radicals) despite being nearly one hundred years old. But, I have a problem with his use of certain words, such as 'barbarians' and 'civilized'. It's so...authoritarian, and I wish he knew that. There are likely other words and comments, too, which I don't remember. As t Very good overview of Communism, Anarchism, their relations, divisions (internal and external), and simple explanations for our history as a class conflict. Still very applicable today, and not difficult to read (compared to other radicals) despite being nearly one hundred years old. But, I have a problem with his use of certain words, such as 'barbarians' and 'civilized'. It's so...authoritarian, and I wish he knew that. There are likely other words and comments, too, which I don't remember. As the book goes on, he gets a bit ranty and repetitive. Yes, I understand now that the general strike is the vital first stage of the social revolution today. Yes, I understand the workers must throw out their bosses and managers as the first stage of revolution. Yes, I get it. Each paragraph eventually (by p. 140) becomes an irritant. Production and distribution, production and distribution, immediate reshaping of society, but only after a long period of gestation of the masses' radicalism to boiling point. Okay! Fine. The repetition going nowhere eventually led me to skipping the sections of the last 20 pages, about production and so on. Nonetheless, I would encourage any readers curious about the topic to read this early on in their self-education.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dinda Idriadhy

    Buku saki yang sangat praktis dibawa kemana-mana sangat cocok untuk bacaan para pemula. Disini dikupas habis semua pertanyaan yang menuju ketidakmungkinan dalam penerapan anarkisme. Dan tentunya merupakan sudut pandang baru terhadap saya, bahwa anarkisme tidak seanarkis yg saya pikirkan sebelumnya. disini juga dibahas pendapat tentang marxisme melalui sudut pandang anarkis.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ali Benam

    Although a bit outdated, this was a very enjoyable read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    libprop

    Di sini Alexander Berkman menangkis anggapan miring tentang anarkisme. Wajar, selama ini anarkisme sering diasosiasikan dengan tindakan kekerasan, pengrusakan, bom molotov, dan tindakan-tindakan kriminal lainnya. Padahal itu namanya kriminalisme atau vandalisme, bukan anarkisme. Terutama media massa sering menggunakan kata anarkis sebagai padanan untuk aksi yang awut-awutan, bar-bar, tidak teratur, uwuh, dan biang kerusuhan. Opini media massa itu kemudian dianggap sebagai kebenaran oleh masyarak Di sini Alexander Berkman menangkis anggapan miring tentang anarkisme. Wajar, selama ini anarkisme sering diasosiasikan dengan tindakan kekerasan, pengrusakan, bom molotov, dan tindakan-tindakan kriminal lainnya. Padahal itu namanya kriminalisme atau vandalisme, bukan anarkisme. Terutama media massa sering menggunakan kata anarkis sebagai padanan untuk aksi yang awut-awutan, bar-bar, tidak teratur, uwuh, dan biang kerusuhan. Opini media massa itu kemudian dianggap sebagai kebenaran oleh masyarakat awam. Anarkisme sebenarnya adalah pandangan politik dan filosofis yang menolak adanya pemerintah. Sebab, pemerintah merupakan biang keladi penindasan dan selalu membela kepentingan kelas borjuis. Seorang anarkis mengganggap masyarakat mampu mengatur dirinya sendiri dengan mengandalkan akal pikiran. Anarkisme menolak birokrasi dan lembaga serupa yang memiliki sifat memaksa atau melanggengkan ideologi kelas borjuis yang menindas. Selain menangkis anggapan miring tentang anarkisme, Berkman juga menjelaskan ragam anarkisme. Macam-macam anarkisme; anarko-sindikalis, anarko-pasifis, anarko-feminis, anarko-kapitalis, anarko-individualis, dan lain-lain. Revolusi atau konfrontasi langsung tidak dapat dihindari dan mau-tidak-mau merupakan jalan satu-satunya menghilangkan kelas yang menindas itu. Jika serangan atau konfrontasi langsung terjadi, biasanya menyasar simbol-simbol kelas-kelas penindas. "We'll become civilised only when the struggle of classes is ended." Sementara industri tetap ada dengan model industri kecil dan rumahan. Prinsip-prinsip kolektif dan menguntungkan antar pekerja menjadi yang utama. Ya, tentu saja tidak ada pemimpin atau bos di situ. Apakah anarkisme dapat terwujud? Dalam skala mikro, misalnya komunitas seni, pecinta alam, suporter bola, dan lain-lain, prinsip-prinsip anarkisme dapat diwujudkan. Saya masih kesulitan membayangkan negara hilang. Akan membutuhkan waktu yang sangat lama dan upaya yang besar untuk itu, misalnya membangun jaringan solidaritas antaranarkis seluruh dunia. Atau sesekali memanfaatkan peluang alias momentum gonjang-ganjing pemerintahan. Buku ini sangat tepat menjadi pengantar untuk memahami anarkisme. Salam antifasis!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I picked up this little volume when I was a volunteer for "Underground Books" on 9th Street in New York City. I recall one of my anarchist comrades saying she wasn't too impressed with it, that the "translation" was bad (although it was written in English, but she may have meant that Berkman's English wasn't good enough). I thought it was good enough as an introduction, and I still do, although I admit that Berkman does not break a lot of new ground or engage with radical theory on a very high l I picked up this little volume when I was a volunteer for "Underground Books" on 9th Street in New York City. I recall one of my anarchist comrades saying she wasn't too impressed with it, that the "translation" was bad (although it was written in English, but she may have meant that Berkman's English wasn't good enough). I thought it was good enough as an introduction, and I still do, although I admit that Berkman does not break a lot of new ground or engage with radical theory on a very high level. This book is clearly written for a less-educated audience, with the intention of persuading workers to support a movement for greater freedom rather than the state-centralist working class movements of the traditional Left. In that sense it still seems to me an adequate, if not ground-breaking, piece, which deserves consideration by political activists today. It will appeal to undergraduate-level students of political science as being neither overly long nor especially difficult, although they will have no problem detecting the holes in Berkman's argument. Looking at it again today, it seems to me that the most interesting part is actually the biographical sketch of Berkman by Peter E. Newell. This focuses largely on Berkman's disillusionment with the Russian Revolution after the Kronstadt rebellion, but doesn't offer as much on his attempt to assassinate H.C. Frick, except for a familiar excerpt from Emma Goldman's autobiography. There are of course much more exhaustive and well-researched introductions to Berkman's life, but this may also be useful for a newcomer to anarchist history.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Manolo

    El libro sirve como introducción a la ideología anarquista. A pesar de que el título diga que se trata de comunismo libertario, es tan sumamente básico que no se dan más que pinceladas que podrían describir cualquier corriente anarquista. Sin embargo, a la hora de leerlo hay que tener al menos dos cosas en mente. Primero, Berkman habla desde la perspectiva de su tiempo. Esto puede parecer obvio, pero si no se tiene en cuenta, se puede llegar a pensar que el autor es un demagogo que deforma la rea El libro sirve como introducción a la ideología anarquista. A pesar de que el título diga que se trata de comunismo libertario, es tan sumamente básico que no se dan más que pinceladas que podrían describir cualquier corriente anarquista. Sin embargo, a la hora de leerlo hay que tener al menos dos cosas en mente. Primero, Berkman habla desde la perspectiva de su tiempo. Esto puede parecer obvio, pero si no se tiene en cuenta, se puede llegar a pensar que el autor es un demagogo que deforma la realidad a su manera. Si leemos el libro nos encontraremos con ricos más ricos y pobres más pobres que los que hay ahora. Nos encontraremos con gente trabajando en condiciones peores que las actuales, durante más tiempo y por un peor salario. Quizás por eso el movimiento libertario ha perdido fuerza desde principios del siglo XX, pues sólo unas condiciones pésimas pueden llevar a que un pueblo entero se rebele y levante. Por otro lado, no hay que perder de vista que los obreros de principios del siglo pasado no tenían, en la mayoría de los casos, acceso a una eduación. Por eso, el libro usa un vocabulario en extremo sencillo, sin tecnicismos, y en algún momento puede incluso llegar a parecer infantil. Según he leído, en la época no era muy raro que varias personas se reuniesen en su tiempo libre (por la noche) para que una de ellas leyese en voz alta, ya fuesen folletos, o libros como este. Dicho esto, el libro me ha precido una introducción muy buena, y me ha hecho pensar en facetas sobre las que nunca antes había reflexionado.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    Alexander Berkman was a well known anarchist in the later 19th and early part of the 20th century. He took part in a number of events, including an effort to assassinate a leading industrialist. After years in prison, he continued his activism, editing publications for instance. This book is an example of his political views. He was hardly the most cerebral and talented of the writers in this movement. But he does address many key questions in his own voice, such as "Is anarchism violence?"; "Wh Alexander Berkman was a well known anarchist in the later 19th and early part of the 20th century. He took part in a number of events, including an effort to assassinate a leading industrialist. After years in prison, he continued his activism, editing publications for instance. This book is an example of his political views. He was hardly the most cerebral and talented of the writers in this movement. But he does address many key questions in his own voice, such as "Is anarchism violence?"; "What is anarchism?"; "Is anarchy possible?"; and so on. If you want a brief introduction to Berkman's views, this will suffice nicely. . . .

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    What should be a middle schooler's primer on the basic tenets of 20thc Anarchism is actually this book which would prove unreadable to cynical hipsters or bootstrap dems/reps. Berkman's is a world of people who live even grander than the promises of liberalism. Berkman just lays it out, simply, all the creative bountiful joys we should be enjoying on planet earth *because we are alive.* Then he tells ya how to get there from here. Not because we toil, but because creation and production and frui What should be a middle schooler's primer on the basic tenets of 20thc Anarchism is actually this book which would prove unreadable to cynical hipsters or bootstrap dems/reps. Berkman's is a world of people who live even grander than the promises of liberalism. Berkman just lays it out, simply, all the creative bountiful joys we should be enjoying on planet earth *because we are alive.* Then he tells ya how to get there from here. Not because we toil, but because creation and production and fruition are our birthright and achievable through equitable social structures like those found in Anarchism.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Milo

    Sencillamente maravilloso. Se esté de acuerdo o no con el ideario anarquista, obra imprescindible para entenderlo. Alexander Berkman recoge una síntesis de las ideas fundamentales del movimiento, desmiente todos los falsos mitos construidos alrededor del anarquismo, hace una crítica a los recientes sucesos de la Revolución Rusa y el bolchevismo (dada la época en que se escribió el libro -1928-), así como, lo que es aún más importante, una explicación sobre cómo lograr la revolución social y qué Sencillamente maravilloso. Se esté de acuerdo o no con el ideario anarquista, obra imprescindible para entenderlo. Alexander Berkman recoge una síntesis de las ideas fundamentales del movimiento, desmiente todos los falsos mitos construidos alrededor del anarquismo, hace una crítica a los recientes sucesos de la Revolución Rusa y el bolchevismo (dada la época en que se escribió el libro -1928-), así como, lo que es aún más importante, una explicación sobre cómo lograr la revolución social y qué hacer a continuación.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    I was already turned away from capitalism when I read this book and it did a really good job of showing how under current conditions socialism would never take over however it didn't really paint a feasible picture of what an ideal, functioning anarchist world would look like. This is a great book for socialists and capitolists to use to question their own way of thinking. For the anarchist this is a great book for building your arguments and getting a better foundation of what anarchy can be.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Not the most fleshed-out description of anarchist thought, but a good intro. Tends to get lost in utopian speculation. The real wealth here is in Berkman's deconstruction of western values and the assumptions that underlie our conceptions of civilization- e.g, I especially enjoyed his perspective on war.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fantasy Belley

    No better book on Anarchism. It's written with language anyone can understand, and after reading many people say, "Huh, I'm an anarchist." Forget that the term Anarchism has been demonized in the U.S. for the last century and pick up this book to find out what it is and if you're one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    L

    Simplistic arguments but great introduction and education on Anarchism and Communist Anarchism. I read this right after reading Rousseau's Social Contract, and saw many similarities which was unexpected!

  16. 4 out of 5

    christopher leibow

    Great book of early communist anarchism. A great critical review of the Bolshevic revolution

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hannahelise

    THIS IS THE BEST!

  18. 4 out of 5

    João Ritto

    I decided to read this book because I was a little bit curious about anarchism. In my ignorance about the theoretical foundations of this political ideology I believed it would be more dear to me than communism, which steps on individuality and tries to hide it under the rug. In the movie Le Jeune Karl Marx I remember seeing Marx mocking the anarchists, particularly Proudhon, who was one of the victims of Marx's many bullying acts in his book "The Poverty of Philosophy" which criticizes "The Phil I decided to read this book because I was a little bit curious about anarchism. In my ignorance about the theoretical foundations of this political ideology I believed it would be more dear to me than communism, which steps on individuality and tries to hide it under the rug. In the movie Le Jeune Karl Marx I remember seeing Marx mocking the anarchists, particularly Proudhon, who was one of the victims of Marx's many bullying acts in his book "The Poverty of Philosophy" which criticizes "The Philosophy of Poverty". Reading this book on Anarchism I can only imagine how ruthless to it Marx could have been, given how full of logical fallacies and poor arguments it is. Berkman explains that this is a book for the general public, not well versed in anarchist theory, but in fact it is written for someone not well versed in anything, because the language he uses is appropriate for a 5 year old and the explanations as condescending and simplistic. In the first chapters the author lays down an economic theory of labor exploitation in the style of Marx and how capitalism is a crime. He explains how the whole society is built such that you do not question your surroundings. School, for example, is an institution that does not want you to learn anything, except that capitalism is good. He does not elaborate enough, leaving the reader the opportunity to publish a future magnum opus where it is proven that Darwin's evolution theory, Differential calculus and quantum mechanics are taught so that one does not understand that capitalism is a prison. He also tries to make several statements about Economics which are plainly wrong and contradictory in themselves, which I liked because it made me see that after all Economics is not a hopeless science and there are things we actually know. For a criticism of capitalism that actually makes you think your time would be better spent with the Frankfurt School. There were some parts that seemed less bad like when he criticizes some particularities of the Russian Revolution, but throughout, he makes point that you cannot help but question. For example, he says that statistics have proven that 3 hours a day of work would be enough to keep humanity fed and comfortable. I have no idea whether this is true, but I do know that "statistics" hardly proves anything, and that this kind of calculation could not be done through statistics, only through mathematics and with a series of assumptions. Reminds me of that story in which Euler tricked Diderot with a false mathematical proof that God existed, fortunately I do know more statistics than Diderot knew mathematics. A lot of questions seem to be left out or simply dismissed by "people would not do this", when he tries to argue that after the revolution everyone would live in harmony. Overall, this text made me understand better Marx's attitudes towards anarchists and what he called utopian socialists, because this is very unconvincing indeed. Perhaps, and I do believe that, there are better texts, which do not seem written by a highschooler. I did get suspicious from the beginning when he argues that sociologists, philosophers and psychologists have been wasting their time writing tomes about what people want when it is plainly obvious. I have always found alarming seeing people who did not appreciate and awed at the complexity and diversity of human experience. Beware when someone says that it is very simple to say what all humans want and then a ten words sentence follows.

  19. 4 out of 5

    A

    This is actually just a reprint edition of "The ABC of Anarchism," with a introduction by Barry Pateman that provides some biographical and historical context on Berkman (which I found helpful for understanding his argument). Essentially an argument for anarchism as the path toward communism, with Berkman framing the argument between the reader and himself. If you have a passing familiarity with anarchist and left polemic, you will recognize most of the arguments, particularly those dealing with This is actually just a reprint edition of "The ABC of Anarchism," with a introduction by Barry Pateman that provides some biographical and historical context on Berkman (which I found helpful for understanding his argument). Essentially an argument for anarchism as the path toward communism, with Berkman framing the argument between the reader and himself. If you have a passing familiarity with anarchist and left polemic, you will recognize most of the arguments, particularly those dealing with labor theory and economics. Most of the theory was for me neither new nor particularly novel, but I imagine those without a basic understanding will learn a lot about anarchism (or more specifically anarcho-communist tendencies). Berkman's language can at times feel old fashioned, but the straightforward simplicity and way he parses the logic is easy to grasp. He also cites concrete examples to demonstrate certain points, referencing sources so the reader can do their own research. The main strength of Berkman's arguments is in grappling with the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, in particular political shifts leading to the control of the Bolsheviks over the government. Frankly, my history here is pretty weak and even while Berkman fills in many of the gaps in my knowledge, this book just made me want to do more research on the subject. Nonetheless, his study and personal experience of the period provides his arguments with more weight, as he's able to show where things went wrong and what anarchism can provide vs. a more centralized approach. The primary weakness of the book is that it's very much "of its time" and therefore can't substantively address how capitalism has evolved, particularly since WWII. The latter portions of the book lean more on speculation, with a bit of handwaving as far as economies will function after the revolution or infrastructure will be maintained. To some extent, I can't fault him too much for this, since the thrust of the argument is really to get you on board with the basic idea, not to circumscribe options when the important work needs to be done in the present. Still, this approach tends to leave many unconvinced. Overall, a good introduction, but better for a total beginner for this stuff. The less-than-beginners might also find the portions on Russian enlightening. I liked it, but was not especially blown away.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    I said to my self, "Self, you want to learn more about anarchism!" . At least i thought i did. Logical fallacies everywhere. Perhaps it is just Berkman, who is considered a preeminent author, that may not be great at writing convincing political frameworks. The book is initially framed as trying to persuade the reader's cynical friends. This format is used inconsistently after hte first couple of pages and doesn't show up when harbor-sized plotholes appear. Ill give an example. Early on he is discu I said to my self, "Self, you want to learn more about anarchism!" . At least i thought i did. Logical fallacies everywhere. Perhaps it is just Berkman, who is considered a preeminent author, that may not be great at writing convincing political frameworks. The book is initially framed as trying to persuade the reader's cynical friends. This format is used inconsistently after hte first couple of pages and doesn't show up when harbor-sized plotholes appear. Ill give an example. Early on he is discussing the maintaining of law & order under Anarchism. I'm paraphrasing but he says " There will be no problems with Law & order under a state of Anarchy. People are innately good and would gladly look to help their fellow man in the interest of mutual benefit. Anyone who wasnt innately good and helpful is insane and would be in an asylum." This is so ridiculous on so many levels. If there is no government, who is running Asylums? Under who's review? Using what standards? Nevermind disagreeing about the assumptions of man's default inclination. Theres many many logic holes in this book, and its just skirted throughout. The patronizing tone Berkman purposely employs only goes to further highlight the shallowness of his arguments. When discussing the need to maintain factories/production after the revolution he states that you dont need to worry about profit and loss, and operational efficiency, and the business mechanics of running a factory - magically without "capitalism", economic issues disappear. Communism isnt the elimination of an economy, but just a replacing with a centrally managed one. All communist countries used money because they couldnt efficiently organize their economy otherwise. This book lacks the grounding in economics or psychology to provide anything other than outlet for an angst-ridden highschooler's idealistic dreams. I will probably prefer An-Syn political theory better. Giving it 2 stars instead of 1 because im sure it lost some value with age and i cant knock it too hard for that.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Juli Sastrawan

    Buku yang menarik dibaca. Sebagian dari kita kebanyakan tahu bahwa Anarkisme itu adalah buruk dan tak patut ditiru. Tentu, hal tersebut datang dari media yang begitu sering kita dengar menggunakan istilah anarkisme. “Pendemo bersikap anarkis..”, “Gagal bertemu pimpinan, para mahasiswa bersikap anarkis..” dll. Di buku ini Berkman mencoba meluruskan pandangan mengenai anarkisme secara umum dan mendoktrin pembacanya dalam sebuah utopia tanpa kuasa. Berkman juga menyajikan metode-metode yang berangk Buku yang menarik dibaca. Sebagian dari kita kebanyakan tahu bahwa Anarkisme itu adalah buruk dan tak patut ditiru. Tentu, hal tersebut datang dari media yang begitu sering kita dengar menggunakan istilah anarkisme. “Pendemo bersikap anarkis..”, “Gagal bertemu pimpinan, para mahasiswa bersikap anarkis..” dll. Di buku ini Berkman mencoba meluruskan pandangan mengenai anarkisme secara umum dan mendoktrin pembacanya dalam sebuah utopia tanpa kuasa. Berkman juga menyajikan metode-metode yang berangkat dari pengalaman lapangan untuk mencapai revolusi anarkis. Buku yang memiliki ukuran yang relatif kecil ini selain mudah dibawa kemana-mana, juga menambah pengetahuan kita dalam menangani kesalahpahaman mengenai anarkisme itu sendiri.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nayaka Angger

    Alexander Berkman adalah seorang tokoh anarkisme terkemuka yang wara-wiri mengobarkan revolusi di Amerika Serikat dan Rusia pada awal abad 20. Dalam buku ini, beliau mencoba meluruskan pandangan mengenai anarkisme secara umum dan mendoktrin pembacanya dalam sebuah utopia tanpa kuasa. Buku ini penuh mimpi, tetapi sangat jujur dan teknis. Tidak hanya gagasan, Berkman juga menyajikan metode-metode dan instrumen-instrumen yang telah diuji oleh pengalaman lapangan dalam mencapai revolusi anarkis. Buk Alexander Berkman adalah seorang tokoh anarkisme terkemuka yang wara-wiri mengobarkan revolusi di Amerika Serikat dan Rusia pada awal abad 20. Dalam buku ini, beliau mencoba meluruskan pandangan mengenai anarkisme secara umum dan mendoktrin pembacanya dalam sebuah utopia tanpa kuasa. Buku ini penuh mimpi, tetapi sangat jujur dan teknis. Tidak hanya gagasan, Berkman juga menyajikan metode-metode dan instrumen-instrumen yang telah diuji oleh pengalaman lapangan dalam mencapai revolusi anarkis. Buku ini menarik dibaca untuk menambah pengetahuan, terutama untuk menangani kesalahpahaman radikal mengenai anarkisme. Berhati-hatilah, buku ini adalah jenis buku yang kalau sembarangan ditunjukan di depan aparat, Anda bisa diciduk. ABC Anarkisme yang saya baca merupakan terbitan Berdikari Book. Buku ini dicetak dengan ukuran yang relatif kecil, mudah dibawa ke mana-mana; betul-betul sebuah panduan bagi pemula.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rizaldi Muhammad

    Sejauh ini, ABC Anarkisme merupakan buku terbaik sebagai pengantar Anarkisme. Namun perlu di ingat ini baru pengantar, pengalaman saya setelah membaca buku ini adalah merasa sudah paham anarkisme namun setelah ingat, ternyata ini baru pengantar

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Williams

    hot damn that is some prime agitprop

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paranormal Kid

    Libro más que necesario para entender el movimiento libertario aunque, por supuesto, algunas cosillas se queden desfasadas, la esencia envejece bien

  26. 4 out of 5

    Banda Syahmanara

    Good vibes

  27. 4 out of 5

    June Amelia Rose

    The best introductory text on anarchism that I've read. Makes a compelling argument in a concise structure with mostly working class language. A great primer. Very surprised by this one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Accang Santiago

    di beberapa bagian awal, saya tidak setuju dengan buku ini, terutama soal tidak diperlukannya institusi (organisasi sosial) dalam masyarakat. institusi adalah produk manusia setelah memapankan agrikultur untuk pemenuhan kebutuhan pangan, seiring manusia menciptakan kesenian (lagu, tari-tarian, cerita-cerita), teknologi, dan sistem religi. di bagian tengah, saya mulai suka dan menikmati penjelasan-penjelasan berkman. bahwa untuk menciptakan perubahan sosial (di buku ini berkman memilih revolusi so di beberapa bagian awal, saya tidak setuju dengan buku ini, terutama soal tidak diperlukannya institusi (organisasi sosial) dalam masyarakat. institusi adalah produk manusia setelah memapankan agrikultur untuk pemenuhan kebutuhan pangan, seiring manusia menciptakan kesenian (lagu, tari-tarian, cerita-cerita), teknologi, dan sistem religi. di bagian tengah, saya mulai suka dan menikmati penjelasan-penjelasan berkman. bahwa untuk menciptakan perubahan sosial (di buku ini berkman memilih revolusi sosial) suatu komunitas perlu melakukan pengorganisiran; membangun kerja-kerja kolektif untuk transformasi sosial (tumbuhnya kesadaran kelas). di bagian akhir, buku ini menunjukkan utopia. suatu jebakan yang sering melanda para penafsir ajaran marx. terciptanya masyarakat tanpa uang, ekonomi didasarkan pertukaran barang sesuai kebutuhan, dan ketiadaan hukuman penjara, mengingatkan saya kepada 'manusia super' yang diidamkan nietzsche. buku ini kurang detail menggambarkan cita-cita yang akan dicapainya. buku ini tetap perlu untuk dibaca. catatan: saya membaca versi terjemahan bahasa indonesia buku ini. tapi saya tidak menemukan versi itu di website ini. teman saya memberitahukan, buku yang saya baca itu dicetak dengan diy. saya menemukan satu lagi bukti betapa sulitnya mendapatkan buku bagus di negara ini.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Berkman gives the reader a hasty, underdeveloped idea of communist anarchism, but is fervent and detailed in his description of how the revolution for such a system ought to come about. Actually—to call any section of this book detailed is an ambitious stretch of the imagination, so the latter section is only detailed in relation to the former. I found this ironic, too, as the author repeatedly stresses throughout the book that preparing for what is to come after the revolution is more important Berkman gives the reader a hasty, underdeveloped idea of communist anarchism, but is fervent and detailed in his description of how the revolution for such a system ought to come about. Actually—to call any section of this book detailed is an ambitious stretch of the imagination, so the latter section is only detailed in relation to the former. I found this ironic, too, as the author repeatedly stresses throughout the book that preparing for what is to come after the revolution is more important than the revolution itself. In the author's defence, this is an introductory book, and an exhaustive explanation of the system would turn away many readers (note: this book's target audience was the industrial proletariat of the early 20th century), so it makes sense that he focuses on revolution to unite and galvanize the labourers and inspire hope within them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Very good book, introducing anarchist theory in simple and accessible terms. Berkman is very enjoyable to read and the prose is often inspiring. He engages with critics of anarchism and helps dispel any serious opposition to it as a potential form of organisation. This is particularly useful as a point of reference when dealing with sceptical friends. The reason I have not given it five stars is that the latter part of the book is somewhat dated and I feel less relevant to the issues we face now. Very good book, introducing anarchist theory in simple and accessible terms. Berkman is very enjoyable to read and the prose is often inspiring. He engages with critics of anarchism and helps dispel any serious opposition to it as a potential form of organisation. This is particularly useful as a point of reference when dealing with sceptical friends. The reason I have not given it five stars is that the latter part of the book is somewhat dated and I feel less relevant to the issues we face now. Heavy focus on trade unionism and workers control feels very much of its time and to a large extent a rather generic argument in traditional anarchist and Marxist circles. On the whole however it is well worth a read and I would highly recommend it

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