The Guardian reports on a warning issued last week by the City of Westminster’s ‘counter terrorist focus desk’ that the public should be on the look out for Anarchist activity. The bobbies, who have clearly been reading through their ‘Teach Yourself Anarchism’ books, warn us that:
Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy. Any information relating to anarchists should be reported to your local police.
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Here at Pluto we’d like to assist the forces of law and order by alerting them to a number of people who we believe ‘consider the state, undesirable, unecessary, and harmful’. First up there is the TaxPayers Alliance, who have been agitating for sometime against state social support for the poor, old, sick and the unemployed.
After that they might want to consider members of a shadowy group which goes by the name of ‘the big society club’, and which is rumoured to include members of the current government. One of its supporters is Steve Hilton, advisor to the Prime Minister, who has suggested scrapping maternity leave and ignoring EU employment legislation. These extremists are given encouragement by certain voices in the media, such as the notable newspaper columnist Quentin Letts, who has written, “Anyone who comes up with suggestions for shrinking the state is worth listening to – even if he wears dodgy T-shirts.”
We would also like to help the Met gain a more rounded and nuanced view of Anarchism by highlighting to them some of our books on the topic. We recommend in particular Anarchy Alive! Anti-Authoritarian Politics From Practice to Theory by Uri Gordon, Post-Anarchism: a Reader edited by Duane Rousselle and Süreyyya Evren, and Change the World Without Taking Power and Crack Capitalism by John Holloway (although we hope the bright sparks at the Met are aware of the distinctions between Anarchism and autonomist Marxism).
Any orders received from the Met will be personally delivered free of charge by a member of staff.
Anti-Authoritarian Politics From Practice to Theory
Overview of anarchism today — what it means in theory and in practice.
“Uri Gordon has made us look at the anarchist movement through new eyes. He illuminates and makes us question our most basic assumptions, puts his finger squarely on our most painful dilemmas, and opens up new vistas of choice and understanding.” – Starhawk
Edited by Duane Rousselle and Süreyyya Evren
The essential reader on Post-Anarchism, a movement blending traditional anarchist ideas with post-structuralist and post-modernist thought.
“This book collects together key readings in post-anarchist theory and highlights the complexity and diversity of this current of thought. Acknowledging the critical attention post-anarchism has received, it provides an excellent guide to the central themes of contemporary debate. A marvellous, valuable book. “ – Ruth Kinna, Senior Lecturer in Politics at Loughborough University. Editor of Anarchist Studies and author of The Beginner’s Guide to Anarchism (2009).
“I would expect readers at all academic levels, from undergraduates and/or street activists right up to the highest levels of academia, to find this work intellectually stimulating, exciting and fresh. “ – Stevphen Shukaitis, University of Essex
The Meaning of Revolution Today
New edition of John Holloway’s contemporary classic fusion of political philosophy and activism, including an extensive new preface by the author.
“Holloway’s Change the World Without Taking Power stands alongside Hardt and Negri’s Empire as one of the two key texts of contemporary autonomist Marxism.” – Alex Callinicos, Capital & Class
“This is a refreshing, thought provoking book … A must read for every student and practitioner of political science.” – USI Journal
A groundbreaking guide to moving beyond capitalism, which shows that radical change can only come from exploiting ‘cracks’ in the system.
“infectiously optimistic” – Guardian