Randall Amster discusses Anarchism Today
Thursday Jul 12, 7PM @ Red Emma's
Don't miss this evening of discussion with Randall Amster, author of a new volume on anarchism, which explores the movement's vivid history and resurgent relevance for addressing today’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. As Amster explains, rather than being an anti-everything rationale for defiance and destruction, anarchism is in fact a coherent set of values and practices with a rich history and contemporary relevance. Passionate and provocative, Anarchism Today offers readers a movement actor's perspective on what anarchism really means, including its relationship to other political approaches, its careful balancing of individual liberty and a functioning society, and its controversial image as a wellspring of violence. Along the way, Amster addresses a number of current issues from the perspective of anarchism, including corporate globalization, environmentalism, warfare, nationalism, education, technology, alternative economics, criminal justice, and even spirituality. He concludes with a frank assessment of anarchism's impact and the role it can play in building a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.
Find out more about the book here: http://www.abc-clio.com/product.aspx?isbn=9780313398728
About the author:
Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D., chairs the Master’s Program in Humanities at Prescott College in Arizona, and is the Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Studies Association. His recent books include Anarchism Today (Praeger, 2012) and Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness (LFB Scholarly, 2008). He is a regular contributor to numerous media outlets, and is the editor and publisher of the news and commentary website, New Clear Vision.
“Anarchism Today presents a new and fresh look at anarchism, both as a philosophy and a practice. It contains bold and courageous ideas that will engage the novice and challenge those well-versed in the tradition. In these difficult times, this book leaves you with a sense of hope for the future.” - Luis A. Fernandez, Director of the Program on Sustainable Communities, Northern Arizona University, and Author of Policing Dissent and Shutting Down the Streets
“In clear, concise language, Anarchism Today explains historical anarchist theories and explores how they manifest in many of today's movements for justice. A must-read for those both new to and already familiar with anarchism.” - Victoria Law, Author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women and coeditor of Don't Leave Your Friends Behind
“Clearly written and calmly argued, equal parts a compendium of contemporary anarchism and a quiet manifesto for what’s to come, Randall Amster’s Anarchism Today is just the right book at the right time. Ably guiding the reader through the many currents of history, theory, and activism that make anarchism the force it is today, Amster persuasively suggests the shape of an anarchist tomorrow as well.” - Jeff Ferrell, Author of Tearing Down the Streets: Adventures in Urban Anarchy
“Deeply insightful, up-to-the-minute, and a pleasure to read. Amster's outstanding introduction will be admired by veterans and newcomers alike.” - Uri Gordon, Author of Anarchy Alive!
“If you're looking for intelligent and well-informed writing on anarchism, read this book.” - Gabriel Kuhn, Editor/translator of Gustav Landauer: Revolution and Other Writings