Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism, CounterPower Vol. I

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    Lucien van der Walt, Michael Schmidt

    Publisher: AK Press



    Size: 395 pages

    ISBN: 9781904859161

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Black Flame is the first of two volumes that re-examine anarchism's democratic class politics, its vision of a decentralized planned economy, and its impact on popular struggles in five continents over the last 150 years. From the ninenteenth century to today's anticapitalist movements, it traces anarchism's insights into questions of race, gender, class, and imperialism, significantly reframing the work of previous historians on the subject, and critiquing Marxist approaches to these same questions. The authors are both affiliated with the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) in South Africa. Includes a preface by Stuart Christie.

"This highly worthwhile book represents the fruit of considerable scholarship and deep reflection. The authors have done a remarkable job in drawing together a vast international body of literature. They show convincingly that anarchism and syndicalism were far more significant political forces in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century world than historians have generally given them credit for. They provide excellent accounts of the movement's global political reach, supported by an impressive knowledge of disparate literatures. Schmidt and van der Walt also make a powerful and lucidly written case for anarchism as a serious and coherent political philosophy."—Jonathan Hyslop, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Lucien van der Walt teaches at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Michael Schmidt is a Johannesburg-based senior investigative journalist.

Book Details

Author: Michael Schmidt
Author: Lucien van der Walt
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781904859161
Size: 395 pages
Publisher: AK Press
Year: 2009

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