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the respective roles of the proletariat peasantry and so called umpenproletariat respective roles of the proletariat peasantry and so umpenproletariat to Marx and Engels s historical materialism only the proletariat would develop a class consciousness and fight for their interests in the form of socialism Peasants ive too insulated from each other and as result will be intellectually too backwards for this process Bakunin disagreed with this People may The Einstein Decade (1905 1915) lack higherearning andor a sophisticated awareness of politics but they aren t generally stupid and they know when they re being oppressed And when pushed they will resist And for Bakunin several peasant rebellions in history have shown especially Pugachev s in 1773 75 that this resistance of the peasantry has revolutionairy potential Later examples of China and Vietnam have shown Bakunin was right about this potential This not taking serious common people s intelligence is another serious difference between anarchism and Marxism Marxists tend to think the masses should be panchira LOVEPOP gravure vol282 arisa nakano led or ateast educated by the radical intellectuals This authoritarian strain in Marxism is usually associated with Lenin but it is clearly visible in Marx and Engels as well Bakunin on the other hand emphasized that radical intellectuals are not teachers of the people only their precursors Radicals do have a role to play but they in Leier s paraphrase of Bakunin must Sunburst learn from the masses not teach them And not toead the masses but to serve them Not telling people what they should think and want but helping them to organize and achieve what they actually do think and want Only that is called democracy Therefore radical intellectuals should drop the odious and ridiculous role of the schoolmaster and realize people are not the means to the revolution but its end Bakunin wasn t consistent on this point though Women for instance should be the euals of men in political duties and rights In the Russian peasant communes women were seen and treated Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs, Vol. 1 less than eual to put it mildly and regarding this patriarchal despotism for instance Bakunin did see a duty of radical intellectuals to educate Another maybeess but still very important disagreement is over the role of political action Marx versus direct action Bakunin Workers in the developed parts of Europe such as France and Britain tended to side with Marx as the vote allowed them to win siginificant reforms in the political arena Workers in especially Spain and Italy who did not have the vote and therefore no means of political action tended to favor Bakunin s approach Reading Orwell s Homage to Catalonia I always wondered where all these Italian and Spanish anarchists came from I now have a clue And then of course there is the defining uestion of state power Accoring to Marx and Engels seizing state power is both a useful and necessary stage of revolution A temporary dictatorship of the proletariat will dissolve all class differences and then the state will eventually wither away Bakunin sees no reason why this will happen According to him power inherently corrupts Even if you put workers in power of the state they will cease to be workers then and there and become iable to wishing to stay in power Especially if they are in power for than a couple of weeks they will start to get used to their new privileges and knowingly or unknowingly will be inclined to extend the current arrangements perhaps even reproduce them for their children And if it aren t even workers who are put in power but the radical intellectuals who have always considered themselves to be the superior schoolmasters of the people this tendency is of course even stronger In Bakunin s view means and ends must be aligned they cannot contradict Repression will never beget iberty only The Mystery of Christ libery can begetiberty In summary I ove this book and will try to force people to voluntarily read it historically I mean not geographically Not an easy book to read but as with most difficult books extremely rewardingI ve always thought of myself as a Marxist but after reading this I m not so sure anyA great deal of the book is taken up with suabbles between MarxEngels and Bakunin and it is difficult to know who was right Bakunin certainly comes across as the nicer person The book is not just a biography but also a well argued explanation of Bukanin s views and the whole book is interwoven with comparisons of today s situation There is also a great deal of wit throughout and Mr Leier is a fine raconteur Any book that mentions Bob Dylan will always get my vote Bakunin and his theories and anarchist theory in general
been misunderstood by his contemporary foes and proponents of different political and economic theorists since the end of the 19th century Leier breaks down the world Bakunin ived in his theories and the feud wMarx Leier corrects misconceptions about anarchism for example propaganda of the deed does not eual violence or terrorism wexcerpts of Bakunin s writing and explanations from Bakunin s No Christmas Like the Present life I finished this book impressed that Bakunin was so ahead of his time especially regarding the need for a social revolution to accompany any economic revolution atheism and his views on euality between the sexes starting with his sisters The parallels between then and now are many this book is good for anyone interested in history political theory or as a tool for understanding our current situation. F hisife and thoughts Bakunin is an insightful read for all those who wish to better understand the fundamental basis of modern radical movementsMark Leier received his PhD from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1992 Currently he is the chair of Simon Fraser University's History Department and Such a Pretty Face lives in North Vancouver He has written three books on Canadianabor history and is the director of SFU's Centre for Labour Studi. ,have been misunderstood
How did Napoleon s Continental System and 1812 invasion impact the political climate in Russia What if any practical implications did they have for Bakunin s noble family and their running of an estate with serfs How did the institution of serfdom prevent Russia from modernizing How did the failed Decembrist uprising impact the political climate How did this political climate impact our subject radical What was the intellectual context of Bakunin s radicalization What did the rise of industrial capitalism and iberalism mean exactly What was the impact on Bakunin s thinking of encountering Proudhon Weitling Marx 1848 Garibaldi and the Risorgimento the birth the Second German Empire the establishment of the First International the Paris Commune the promise of the United States where capital had to compete for Sweet Little Lies labor with plenty of affordableand as a high wage worker s paradise etc Thankfully this context is provided And as a abor
HISTORIAN LEIER IS WELL POSITIONED TO GIVE IT PERHAPSLeier is well positioned to give Perhaps impressively the book also includes a somewhat engthy 10 pages discussion of the relevant aspects for understanding Bakunin of the philosophies of Fichte and Hegel which is both helpful and fun to read if you can believe it And perhaps needless to say but what makes it such a good idea to study the political thinkers of the 19th century besides Bakunin also Marx and Tocueville and many many or course is that because they are first hand witnesses of the rise and establishment of the political concepts that still dominate our 21st century world capitalism socialism Dark Territory liberalism conservatism democracy journalism nationalism parlements and constitutions People in the 21st century can hardly know what these terms actually mean for as Nietzsche pointed out it s only possible to concisely define a term if it has no history Any accurate and adeuate definition of a historical concept would have to include its earliest functions and the circumstanced in which they arose and the evolution which shaped them from then on This is why capitalism for instance is so hard to define for us 21st centurians Ask a hundred random people on any random internet street today what capitalism means and most would have absolutely no idea on how to even begin to define it Even self declared enthousiasts of capitalism would often give you a definition that is vague incomplete andor outright false In fact it is myong held belief that supporters of capitalism are necessarily and entirely clueless about what it is Thinkers of the 19th century know better what all these terms mean because they were born into and witnessed a world without them They have seen them come into being watched their evolution from abstract principles into concrete realities seen their real world implications They were also able to contrast places in which they were an established reality such as in Britain or France with places in which they were resisted such as in Austria or Russia They also as Leier put it in his introduction have the benefit of having escapted the massive campaign of propagandizing and normalization of capitalism that we were subjected to the My Career My Future last 170 years or so This gives these thinkers a clearness of insight into modernife that we can only get second hand by studying them and their perspectives This book is aware of this fact of and emphasises this practical aspect of studying the 19th century throughout this is one of its many strong points Bakunism versus MarxismFor people interested in anarchism and other kinds of socialism there are reasons to enjoy this book obviously as Bakunin s disagreements and feuds with Marx and Engels are basically the potting soil in which anarchism as a modern philosophy and movement is rooted Several points of disagreement jump outOne is that Marx and Engels believed that before socialism could arise capitalism should establish itself and reach maturity first Only thence socialism will come into being This belief made them side with the progression of capitalism and imperialism in some cases and side against the peoples oppressed by them Famously the Slavs and the Mexicans who according to Engels basically had to suck up their subjection by the Habsburg and US empires in the name of capitalist progress Bakunin strongly disagreed and consistently sided with the oppressed against their oppressors Human iberty is always the goal according to Bakunin any society can become freer steps in that direction are always both attainable and worth fighting for Even if these fights are doomed they are still worth fighting for as they will keep the torch of iberty it and inspire the next fight Here Marx and Engels s historical materialism which is what they called their science through which they divined these stages of historical development clearly shows the danger that all forms of realism suffer from a tendency of turning into power worship The United States is stronger than Mexico therefore it should dominate Mexico Power becomes its own justification Might makes right Looking at it critically if ungenerously Marx and Engels even justify the ultimate establishment of socialism not based on principles of justice but on the realities of power a unified proletariat is stronger than the bourgeoisie therefore they must necessarily win The esson here could be that any form of realism should be adopted strictly as an analytical tool never as a moral compassAnother point of co. Welcome consideration to the real merits of the movement Publishers WeeklyThe spellbinding story of both the man and the theory Bakunin chronicles one of the most notorious radicals in history as well as the founding of anarchism here revealed as a practical moral philosophy based on a critiue of wealth and powerMark Leier corrects many of the popular misconceptions about Bakunin and his ideas offering a fresh interpretation .
CHARACTERS Bakunin The Creative Passion.
A really tremendous read Anarchist histories tend not "to be well written and certainly tend not to fall into that category of historical works characterized as "be well written and certainly tend not to fall into that category of historical works characterized as But without sacrificing an ounce of passion Leier makes Bakunin jump off the page He doesn t spare him and there are areas in which Bakunin does not deserve to be spared but nor does he simply roll over and accept the multitude of silly arguments and demonizations that have been Slow Burn Saison 3 Enfin réunis ? launched against the man for well nigh over a centuryLeier does an especially good job of destroying to psycho social readings of Bakunin sife and politics that have hitherto dominated treatments and produces a fantastic chapter which runs from the thought of Ficthe through Hegel without once being boring and that my friends is worth the price of admission on its own Bakunin the Creative Passion is one of most through biographies of Bakunin I have ever read although one must consider the fact that This is best understood Newfoundland and Labrador less as an ordinary biography than as an effort to correct widespread misconceptions about Bakunin and his politics Rather than start from a blank slate and building its architecture from scratch the book uses those misconceptions as the scaffolding on which to build his story This critical analysis is somewhat unusual for a biography but warranted by the ubiuity of misinformation about Bakunin With this in mind the book is appropriately sympathetic without veering into pure hagiography It skillfully tells Bakunin s story while setting the record straight on Bakunin s politics and ideas mostly through Bakunin s own words For example Bakunin is often thought of as being committed to violence and terrorism But as the author shows Bakunin rejected Jacobinismand believed revolution could not be accomplished through violence only through mass movements though self defense against violent reaction may be necessary The author also correctly situates Bakunin not merely as revolutionary who penned a few memorable uotes but as a rigorous and serious thinker whose ideas are worthy of further examination The book does gloss over some problematic elements of Bakunin such as a handful of writings that express an anti Semitic sentiment But those are uiteimited and I m not sure what there is to say about that Overall I found this to be an extremely entertaining and informative book I would highly recommend this to anyone interested Life in the Dust Bowl left politics or European history Great read A welcome informal biography that finds a good balance between Bakunin sife and the philosophical underpinnings of his anarchism I m no follower of Bakunin but it was good to see him Claimed for the Sheikhs Shock Son looked at in the age heived with the influence of Fichte and the Hegelian Theres an Owl in the Shower left It was also interesting how the author spent time considering the difference between his and Marx and Engels approach to change and the different views of thearge number of revolutionaries who were just wandering Europe at the time There were times I felt the opinions I m torn about this book It is a very good intellectual history of Bakunin thoroughly researched The detraction is that on occasion the author becomes an advocate and on others a critic of contemporary politics or specific politicians While most of those contemporary criticisms and analogies I agree with I think it would be preferable not to include them Fantastic Must read for anyone who believes we can attain a better free and eual world than we The Venetians Midnight Mistress live in today Or even for those who have become disillusioned with such hopeful thoughts The author does a superb job in not only giving a biography of Bakunin and describing his ideas but also skillfully places it all into the broader historical context A refreshing sympathetic account of a revolutionary that is a nice counterweight to the numerous biographies that portrayeft Ready for Romance leaders as monsters or has beens Sometimes the sympathy teeters on apology but always in a self reflexive way as when the author condemns Bakunin s apparent anti Semitism Almost a third of the book tackles Bakunin s disagreements with Marx Marx comes off as a reformist in the anarchist reading which I found surprising but interesting something you wouldn t see in orthodox Marxist accounts That said the criticisms of Marx are mostly balanced overall There isittle here for the reader interested in posthumous gossip The focus is on the context of Bakunin s ife and his ideas although the atter feature rather Systems Engineering lightly until the very end All in all a very enjoyable read This is a really terrific book and so rich in 19th century context historical philosophical socioeconomical you would probably enjoy reading it even if you only have a passing interest in Bakunin or anarchism It is also well written and often funny with many uite goodittle jokes thrown in there that ike the book itself are always both enlightening and entertaining It also knows how to connect the events in the book with the issues facing us today Capitalism for instance is still grinding us into whatever we are today and Bakunin s critiue of it still of use This constant awareness is a big plus for me To be clear this is not an intimate personal biography a summary of
BAKUNIN S IDEAS AND A DESCRIPTIONs ideas and a description their evolution as events in his ife progress This is where the context comes in of course Because for someone born in 1814 s Russia who would turn out to be a prominent European radical you can and should ask. Unfailingly informative and freuently exciting Leier's biography reintroduces a fascinating revolutionary knowledge of whose ideas helps one place such recent phenomena as the World Trade Organization protests in meaningful historical context BooklistThe ife of Bakunin 1814–1876 the Russian architect of the anarchist movement provides a surprisingly enjoyable introduction to the tumult of 19th century radicalism Leier brings.