Ok I’ll be the hipster dork who recommends the coming insurrection (I have only read parts of its sequels, “to our friends” and “now”). Punchy, a quick read, contemporary, a good blend of theory made intelligible with ideas for concrete projects and commentary on current world conditions/trends. I think a lot of people who scoffed at TCI would be pretty shocked at how much it accurately diagnosed and predicted since coming out in 2006 or so- a lot of radicals even laughed then at the idea we were on the verge of global chaos, but, here we are...”desert” is an interesting read (from completely different authors) on anarchism in the age of climate collapse.
I second “against leviathan”, it’s a very provocative rereading of the trajectory of western civilization. (Avoid Derrick Jensen at all costs though!!)
There are tons of manifestos and theoretical texts there about how things ought to be, histories of failed movements in the past ... I tend to be more interested in attempts to toss preconceptions and wrestle with the present and its potentials.
This is a relatively old thread but in case this comes up in someone's search or some shit, I would personally recommend starting with crimethinc's ex-worker podcast, which will give a good overview of various subsets of anarchist thought and theory, as well as touching on current events with an anarchist perspective.
For reading some legit theory, I personally have a soft spot for Emma Goldman. Her writing is from the late 1800's into the turn of the century so some of her info is dated but she's an easy enough read and it's scary to see how much of her writing is still relevant. Of course there's also daddy Kropotkin, he's almost required reading in many circles. If nothing else, check out the bread book.
I'm also personally partial to insurrectionist anarchism, particularly Armed Joy by Alfredo Bonanno. I find there's something encouraging about Armed Joy that I don't always get from most anarchist works, especially from the post-left.
I've personally been trying to get into Max Stirner's works but IDK I find An Ego and it's Own to be pretty hard to get through.
Lately I've been reading Caliban and the Witch, which tells of the transition from feudalism to modern capitalism with a focus on how this affected women and their roles in greater society.
I've attached a bunch of PDFs if any of y'all wanna check them out.
"The Old Ways" Gary SnyderOoh oh, my favorite subject. I'm not really sure "dry" anarchist literature exists, but that may be due to my proclivities, there is a unique "evocative" quality that imo is special unto the "classical anarchist canon."
The Anarchist Library - https://theanarchistlibrary.org/
What is Anarchist Communism by Alexander Berkman. It's the best starting point imo. Also check out his prison memoir.
Mutual Aid by Peter Kropotkin
Not strictly anarchist, but Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell captures the spirit of living anarchism beautifully.
Toward the Creative Nothing by Renzo Novatore. He's a strict nihilist and anti-leftist, but strands of individualist anarchism evolved concurrently and within the same historical discourse as anarchist communism. The two schools of thought influence and inspire the other, this point is illustrated by the current manifestation of anarchism called 'post-left anarchy'. Max Stirner is also a very important philosopher in anarchism.
Against His-Story, Against Leviathan by Fredy Perlman. This is considered the starting point for the anti-civilization and primitivist critique. It's a very eye opening and perspective challenging presentation of the history of humanity.
Anarchism today is pretty much a constant argument and banter between the leftists, individualists, and greens. Do note that although the discourse can get heated, and it sometimes appears that these different tendencies hate each other, it's all par for the course. Left, individualist, and green thought are the driving forces of anarchism and they intermingle and form a synthesis.
For the more spiritually inclined I'd throw in Walden, the works of Emile Armand, and Tolstoy's Christian anarchism.
The Spanish Revolution, Spanish anarchism
It's really a huge field with it's own history, historical figures, and struggles. There is a wide scope of different tendencies within each subschool as well. In the case of anarchist communism you have the strict pro-organizational platformists and pro-labour syndicalists vs. anti-organizational insurrectionaries who are more individualist orientated. They aren't opposed to each other they just place emphasis on different things.
Final edit: If you have any questions I'll happily give my view. I've been studying this shit for years and honesty feel like an "ethnic anarchist" lol. It was actually a random piece on CBC radio about the Spanish Revolution that brought my attention to anarchism.
Both these writers have said they don't give a shit if people share theseThese are two really good books on anti fascism. The first covers the US movement from the 2000s on with some history of time prior to 2000. Really focus' on the modern movement though. The second obviously from the title goes way back. They are both .mobi so any kindle, kindle app or many of the ebook readers available in the play store can open theses. I recommend Pocket Book if you are avoiding Amazon products.
Here is American Antifa by Vysotsky stanaslv its actually the writers dissertation so it's very academic. If that's not your thing then I recommend mark bray's Anti Fascist Handbook, I don't have a ebook hanby but can get it and post later
Also Militant Anti Fascism: 100 Years Of Resistance by M. Tests
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