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By David Miller

During this serious learn of anarchism as an ideology the writer (at the time of writing Fellow in Social and Political conception at an Oxford collage) seems at Philosophic anarchism, person anarchism and communist anarchism, and having tested its easy tenets, appears on the means it's been represented inside Syndicalism and the recent Left. even though he reaches a pessimistic end concerning the skill of anarchism to develop into a mass circulate and beliefs, he believes anarchist principles preserve large attraction: that of the imperfection of all relationships of strength, and the fitting of loose, uncoercive social relationships.

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But it exposes them to another challenge: why believe that any revolution which might presently occur will take you to the estination that you favour? 4. lny_<;;larit ; revolution was unavoidable, but he could not say how many episodes might be needed to take us beyond the reach of government. His hope was that the revolutionary process might be conducted in as bloodless a way as possible. , on the other hand, was temperamentally attracted to revolution. He saw it as a moment when the human spirit was freed from the deadening routine of everyday life, and in that sense as a therapeutic experience.

N "t? -e~ ~r 'later . y~nd Its natural expression in mutual aid meant that there was nothing toTea; fro-;n the proce'ssofrevollihon itself: ~ere the state abdi~ted its ower? mu:<;hi~t_s? This is "precisely tIl;-r~~~Tuti~~;ry's dilemma that we identified above. ly involved in the anarchist movement - in the Jura FederatIon m the late 1870s - Reclus and Kropotkin escaped from it by maintaining, first, that revolutionary change could not occur unless the masses were consciously pursuing the new social ideal and second, that such a consciousness could be stirred up in a relativel; short time by anarchist practice (we shall examine the forms of 74 practice they advocated in subsequent chapters).

59 Part II Anarchism as a Revolutionary Ideology Human Nature and Historical Progress 5 Human Nature and Historical Progress In the first part ofthis book, we have been examining the fundamental ideas of anarchism: the critiques various anarchists have offered of the economic and political institutions of contemporary society, and their proposals for a new social order. The intention in the second part is to look at how anarchists have attempted to bring about the transformation tha~ they desire.

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