Anarchism: From Theory to Practice is a book by Daniel Guérin, termed a Weekly as describing the “intellectual substance and actual practice” of anarchism. Daniel Guerin attempts to give a brief history of anarchist theory and practice in this particular book. Written in the ’60’s, Guerin’s book seems a bit dated. tionary theory and practice as being that of a technologist of revolution and DANIEL GUERIN’S BOOK is much inferior to anarchist sympathiser George.

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A Matter of Words. It was soon taken. Now he did not hide his magic prescription: That great revolutionary therefore believed it necessary to turn upon the insurrectionary movement.

Anyone who goes from one party to another is immediately treated as a renegade. In many places, especially Bavaria, Germany, and Holland, the pdactice played a positive part in the practical and theoretical development of the system of councils.

The result was two divergent anarchist forms, the former being more syndicalist organized by trade anarchidm and the latter more communalist drawing from local villages’ traditions. However, a year later, at the congress of the Italian Anarchist Union, Maurizio Garino was talking quite differently: Thus the collective action of the people must be stimulated, and if no revelation were to come to them from outside, the servitude of the lower classes might go on indefinitely.


Although he had become an anarchist, Bakunin remained convinced of the need for a conscious vanguard: He joins with his fellow man in order to increase his strength and fulfill himself more completely through their combined strength than either could in isolation. Proudhon was a living contradiction: Daniel Guerin also provides a historical context for the various branches of anarchism–from its individualist strains to the emergence anarcho-syndicalism–and illustrates the role of anarchists during the tumult of the twentieth century.


Jan 19, Andrew rated it it was amazing.

In no circumstances can they, nor do they wish to, govern. According to them, once it had seized power the Communist Party had only one concern: I might recommend Rocker or Berkman to those unfamiliar with anarc As others have said, this one is relatively dry.

Mar 20, abclaret rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Italian Errico Malatesta —on the other hand, turned to audacious and sometimes puerile activism although he enriched anarchist thinking with his intransigent and often lucid polemics.

But we must not forget that it is a matter of vast conglomerations of territory within which cities, towns, and villages tneory be counted by the thousand.

Kronstadt was an island naval base forty-eight miles from Petrograd in the Gulf of Finland which was frozen during the winter. If you’ve already read a bit about anarchism though, there’ll probably be little – or nothing – new to gain from it. For the counter-revolutionary movements were being fed by the bureaucratic impotence of the government apparatus and the disillusionment and discontent of the people.

By what right and upon what basis? However, the optimism which Proudhon had expressed in with regard to self-management was gurrin prove unjustified. The problem subsequently proved especially thorny when discussion turned to the management of large-scale public services like railways, postal services, etc.

It had lost contact with the masses, and proved its inability to get the country out of a state of general collapse.

Max Stirner [12] rehabilitated the individual at a time when the philosophical field was dominated by Hegelian anti-individualism and most reformers in the social field had been led by the misdeeds of bourgeois egotism to stress its opposite: As soon as he crossed the Spanish border he was thrown into prison and was thus spared the painful duty of being the first to speak.


Many villages still had common property from which they allocated plots to the landless, or which they used together with other villages for pasturage or other communal purposes. At the Brussels Congress of the libertarians yuerin booed and expelled. At a subsequent congress at Berne, inMalatesta admitted that the public services required a unique, centralized form of organization; but he refused to have them administered from above by a State.

Anarchism: From Theory to Practice – Daniel Guérin, Mary Klopper – Google Books

In Paris in the social democrats from various countries decided to revive the long-neglected practice of holding international socialist congresses. It appears that libertarian thinkers anticipated the needs of our time to a considerable extent. Overall, it was an easy although Giving this book three stars isn’t an insult to it. The basis for a libertarian revolution was pretty well laid in the consciousness of the popular masses and in the thinking of libertarian theoreticians.

However, Guerin focuses on presenting theory and pracctice that is pretty timeless. We want the government of man by man no more than the exploitation of man by man.

Tomsky and Riazanov were excluded from the Presidium and sent into exile, because they had stood for trade unions independent of the Party.

The libertarian movement was to remain impregnated with this fusion between the anarchist idea and the trade-union idea.