Guérin’s classic anthology of anarchism translated and reprinted, available for the first time in a Daniel Guérin Goodreads reviews for No Gods No Masters . No Gods No Masters has ratings and 29 reviews. Jake said: This is an anthology of anarchist writing from around the s to WWII and the quality of. No gods, no masters is an anarchist and labour slogan. It has been in common use by . Daniel (). No Gods, No Masters – Daniel Guérin – Google Books.

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Return to Book Page. No Gods No Nno It details a vast array of unpublished documents, letters, debates, manifestos, reports, impassioned calls-to-arms and reasoned analysis; the history, organization and practice of the movement—its theorists, advocates and activists; the great names and the obscure, towering legends and unsung heroes. This definitive anthology portrays anarchism as a sophisticated ideology whose nuances and complexities highlight the natural desire for freedom in all of us.

The jo texts will re-establish anarchism as both an intellectual and practical force to be reckoned with. From Theory to Practice. Please consider visiting the AK Press website to learn more about the fundraiser to help them and their neighbors. Paperbackpages. Published July 1st by AK Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Lists with This Book. Dec 06, Jake rated it liked it. This is an anthology of guerjn writing from around the s to WWII and the quality of the selections in it vary greatly.

Hodge-podged together you get a pretty good idea of early anarchist theory and also how the anarchists included hardly agreed on what anarchism is, not unlike republicans, democrats, communists, socialists, libertarians, etc The book starts with Nietzsche’s contemporary Max Stirner an interesting dude with a whiff of Ayn Rand in him who was all about the individual, t This is an anthology of anarchist writing from around the s to WWII and the quality of the selections in it vary greatly.

The book starts with Nietzsche’s contemporary Max Stirner an interesting dude with a whiff of Ayn Rand in him jo was all about the individual, trivia: Nietzsche worried that people would ugerin he was ripping off Stirner’s ideas.

There are also writers who are pretty much straight up commies, even justifying the dictatorship of the proletariat.

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Others predicted the disaster of the USSR in the early days of the revolution. The selections by Emma Goldman and Mikhail Bakunin were enjoyable. Aside from the political philosophy, there is some super interesting and not well known history in here as well.

Anarchists rebelling against Lenin and Trotsky in Kronstadt and the Ukraine, anarchists taking part in government to fight the fascists in Spain, and other events that aren’t in most textbooks are included. I wish mzsters theory sections weren’t so utopian and got down to how anarchism in practice could actually function since the history sections show that it hasn’t yet ended well in practice lots of martyred anarchists.

Overall, it was a pretty dry read with occasion bright dankel, but worth your time if you are into flying the black flag.


May 17, Ollie rated it really liked it. The anarchist bible, if you pardon the blasphemy. Now this book is no obscure collection either. Also, I just want to say that Proudhon is caniel impossible to read as ever relax, Colin Ward thinks the samewith long complex paragraphs that just plain ramble on. All essential if mastres are to understand what makes anarchism tick. Anarchism itself aims goss improve itself as much as it can. Jan 03, Sean rated it it nl amazing. An excellent anthology of writings on anarchism by Stirner, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Malatesta a personal favoriteVoline, Goldman, Makhno, and others.

This is libertarian socialism in its gueerin incarnations being described by its most eloquent defenders. I think the major power of a work like this is to help understand the discourse on anarchism in its historical context. Seeing the relation of the development of ideas like collectivism, anarcho-communism, and revolutionary syndicalis An excellent anthology of writings on anarchism by Stirner, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Malatesta a personal favoriteVoline, Goldman, Makhno, and others.

I’ll say also that I don’t believe I had fully grasped the weight of ideas like revolutionary self-organization and mutual aid before hearing them outlined by Kropotikin, Malatesta, vaniel Voline. Not a quick or a necessarily easy read, but the rewards for plodding through this tome are pretty outstanding. Apr 18, Tanuja rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book thrills me on so many levels. I go back to it again and again for hope. Apr 02, Dave rated it really liked it.

I can’t honestly say that I liked reading godw. I actually really hate reading stuff like this but that’s my own fault because I should’ve known better.

Anthologies are always mind-numbingly repetitive with little more than a bunch of vague generalizations and inspirational speeches and shit. Probably should have gone with something like Demanding the Impossible instead. Some stuff is still interesting though like the arguments between advocates of a “workers’ state” and those advocating a “fede I can’t honestly say that I liked reading this.

Some stuff is still interesting though like the arguments between advocates of a “workers’ state” and those advocating a “federation of communes” and using socialism as a transitional phase or just diving head first straight into anarchism. It’s also kind of interesting to see how all these people influenced each other, how the ideas evolved, the mistakes they made, and the lack of corrections made to those mistakes if you follow modern anarchism at least. The book only goes up to the ‘s.

It seems like nobody could ever really agree on what “true” anarchism is. Today most people treat it as a synonym for things like chaos, violence, individualism, disorder, nihilism, etc. But most people who explicitly label themselves as anarchists actually advocate something closer to what everyone else generally associates with socialism, just more decentralized, sometimes pushing the idea of commons too far even, at least in my opinion, due to their wariness of private property.

Technically it’s just egalitarian, non-hierarchical living arrangements with no official authority, which should lead to a criticism of the level of technology and scale of modern societies but somehow people keep missing that. It doesn’t make sense to me how so many self-proclaimed anarchists can expect to achieve their goals without smaller-scale and simpler societies.

When you look at where these technologies come from and the coordination and coercion required for so much industry and long distance trade it should be obvious that we can’t get rid of hierarchies, inequalities and injustices without also getting rid of cellphones, the internet and chocolate mocha lattes in New York.


This is all more of a criticism of “anarchists” I’ve dealt with than of this book though. This isn’t the type of book you should rate based on how much you agree with the contributors. As a collection of some early writings from the big names in the anarchist movement there’s not really much to complain about.

Nov 01, Ty rated it really liked it. Jul 29, Josiah Miller rated it really liked it. A great anthology of some unpublished and smaller pieces from early anarchism.

This is not a good anthology for someone trying to start or get into anarchism as this is better as a companion guide through history and particular instances and feelings in anarchism at the early points in time of anarchism. A lot of focus on communism and communist ideas on anarchism as Guerin was an Anarcho-communist. Again this is a great supplemental guide through some of the most important figures in anarchism.

If you need a place to stay with anarchism, go straight to the main texts of anarchism such as Emma Goldman, The Conquest of Bread, Mutual Aid etc. Nov 27, Jan rated it liked it. A gratifyingly chunky tome containing some great stuff from Bakunin and Proudhon which was why I bought itand introducing me to some writers that I really enjoyed: Voline, Goldman and Guillame.

But the anthology isn’t well put together- for example, very little from Voline’s own pen, but stacks of stuff written about Voline’s imprisonment by lesser lights. Guerin’s commentary is also a bit sloppily written, but I’m not sure if this is him or the translation. A useful pick’n’mix if you kn Oof! A useful pick’n’mix if you know what you’re looking for, but patchy if you’re looking to read a whole anthology. Jun 29, Broadsnark rated it liked it. It is an anthology, so the writing quality varies a lot between parts and some of it is a chore to get through.

However, this is a really good intro the anarchist history and thought. And I learned about some things I knew nothing about before.

I also marked the hell out of the book, especially the Proudhoun and Bakunin parts. Jan 11, Mikey rated it liked it. I am setting this book guerim for the moment because my brain is going to explode if i read anymore dry-ass anarchy essays. But it is pretty sweet. Jul 29, Lola rated it really liked it. Good selection of articles.

No Gods No Masters : An Anthology of Anarchism

But a bit strange. Some important Anarchist papers are missing while others are just not relevant Mar 27, Mohammed Khogir rated it really liked it. A prodigious work detailing the evolution of anarchism. I have always been interested in the question of social justice and felt a kindred spirit with Marxism but i could not bring myself to accept its authoritarian principle.

Then i fell upon some of Peter Kropotkin’s books on danie, and i was deeply enamoured by the spirit of comradery and fraternity explicit in anarchist thoughts. This book is not a historical record of anarchy but rather a record of anarchism as a school of moral, economical, political, and social philosophy as danel through the writings of its most prolific thinkers.

The book delineates the progression of anarchist thought and its different hues of collectivism, syndicalism and communism. Nov 08, Papilina Jefferson rated it it was amazing. I LOVE this book.