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Anarchism

A Very Short Introduction

By Colin Ward
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Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction by Colin Ward

Anarchism (2004) lays out the history and principles behind an oft-misunderstood political ideology. Crucially, anarchists emphasize freedom over oppression, thereby seeking to do away with human life’s many hierarchies, be they those imposed by the modern nation-state, by patriarchal societies or even by religious organizations. Anarchism envisions a world free from any sort of coercion.

  • Anyone looking to learn about alternative societal models
  • Students of politics or history
  • Citizens concerned about climate change and how we might stop it

Colin Ward, a British anarchist and prolific author, wrote multiple books on politics, ecology and urban issues. He is also the author of Anarchy in Action, Cotters and Squatters and Talking Green.

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