Colin Ward Wiki photo This entry in the Oxford VSI series was written, not by an academic political theorist, but by a gentleman who was for decades the face of British anarchism, Colin Ward. In Anarchy in Actionhe set out his belief that an anarchist society was not an end goal. Following is a chapter by chapter review of what Ward has presented in this VSI. But a broader theme links all these threads of anarchist thought:
An Interview with Dr. He recently published Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel For people who are not familiar, what is a basic definition of Christian Anarchism?
It was so understood from its very beginning, and for that Christ was crucified. But one way or the other, Christian anarchism holds the view that, properly understood, what Jesus calls us to in the political sphere is some form of anarchism. Initially, I wanted to study the relationship between religious and political structures Were Catholic countries more likely to be centralised?
Were Daoists more likely to be anarchists? After I presented my sketchy ideas, I was made to realise this was probably not the appropriate topic for my PhD. The next morning I went to a seminar titled: But Tolstoy left several questions unanswered for me render unto Caesar, Romans 13, the nature of the divine, etcand I found his take on Christianity to be too easy a criticism to level against him by those who wanted to run away from the piercing critique he was nevertheless still making.
I then discovered Ellul, Eller, and Yoder, and kept broadening my reading to include the likes of Andrews, Elliott, the Catholic Workers and many more. So I settled on my final PhD topic: Christian Anarchists claim that being an anarchist is a natural part of being a Christian.
Do you feel this argument has merit, and if so, why are so few Christians also anarchists? Why, then, so few? There are many elements to this answer. For one, what Jesus asks of us is seen by many as simply too demanding, too ambitious, too utopian. What Jesus calls us to is scary in that it is unknown.
Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker What are some of the scriptures from the New Testament which provide the foundation for Christian Anarchism? Certainly all those passages that touch on politics point to facets of anarchism. There is also the third temptation in the desert, a pretty clear condemnation of state idolatry.
Then there is the Book of Acts, the many Epistles, and of course the Apocalypse — all of which one can find convincing Christian anarchist exegeses on. In other words, there are many scriptures, and here I can only hint at their Christian anarchist interpretation.
What are some New Testament scriptures which seem to contradict anarchist principles? How are these explained by Christian anarchists? Romans 13 does not legitimise authorities but calls to submit to them as a way of turning the other cheek, to overcome their evil not through violent resistance but with an exemplary attitude that seeks to patiently understand and forgive.
I might add that among the other passages raised against Christian anarchists are those where Jesus is said by some to have been violent or to condone violence.
First, as some Christian anarchists point out, perhaps Christians are to blame for not showing the anarchist way as they were called to. The failure of most self-proclaimed Christians to take up their cross and follow Christ might indeed be partly to blame for the turn, by many of those concerned with social, economic and political injustice, to non-religious and sometimes strongly anti-religious doctrines of change.
It is not surprising if they are therefore hostile to — or at least suspicious of — religious people and belief in God. Many people wonder how a society could exist in which there are no courts, police, or other coercive authority in other words, who would stop the rapists from rampaging about?
As a result, do you feel that Christian Anarchism could be practiced on a large scale? Or can Christian Anarchism only be practiced on an individual basis? It should be noted, however, that much would already be different in a Christian anarchist society in the first place.
People would love one another, care for one another, and so those who turn to criminality today may well not do so in a more loving context. Adin Ballou has a wonderful quote that implicitly makes that point. A systematically loving comportment would presumably reduce the chances of being confronted with hatred and evil in the first place.
But there is no guarantee: That said, such an attitude cannot be demanded of others. Jesus calls us or rather: We cannot force others to expose themselves to evil.
Some effort is better than none, and it reminds humanity of its loving potential. It might be that with enough inspiring examples, society can gradually move to the Christian anarchist kingdom of God on earth.
Publisher’s Introduction. We are often asked to explain what anarchism is all about, and hope to publish a revised and expanded version of Nicolas Walter’s popular About Anarchism when it is ready. Meanwhile we suggested to Donald Rooum, creator of the anarchist Wildcat cartoons, that he should produce a pamphlet on Anarchism. From Anarchy, first published in Italian in , English translation published by Freedom Press. This pedantic description of anarchy is from the entry on “Anarchism” in Encyclopaedia Britannica, edition (reprinted in Anarchism and Anarchist Communism, Freedom Press). The word “individualism” has changed its meaning since that time; Kropotkin uses it to mean competitiveness, while today it . Anarchism definition is - a political theory holding all forms of governmental authority to be unnecessary and undesirable and advocating a society based on voluntary cooperation and free association of individuals and groups.
Jesus still calls us to follow him, even if we end up crucified.Anarchist communism - an introduction A short introduction to anarchist-communism. Anarchist communism is a form of anarchism that advocates the abolition of the State and capitalism in favour of a horizontal network of voluntary associations through which everyone will be free to .
Anarchism is a philosophy that embodies many diverse attitudes, tendencies and schools of thought and as such disagreement over questions of values, ideology and tactics is common.
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it is clear that an explanation of what they do stand for is long overdue. Colin Ward provides answers to these questions by considering anarchism from a variety of perspectives: theoretical, historical, and international, and by exploring key Reviews: use the following search parameters to narrow your results: subreddit:subreddit find submissions in "subreddit" author:username find submissions by "username" site:srmvision.com find .
1 Introduction: Anarchism, a Simple and Odd Business? What strikes the ordinary observer of anarchism is the gap between its naïve, simple ideal and the hard, complex reality. From Anarchy, first published in Italian in , English translation published by Freedom Press.
This pedantic description of anarchy is from the entry on “Anarchism” in Encyclopaedia Britannica, edition (reprinted in Anarchism and Anarchist Communism, Freedom Press).
The word “individualism” has changed its meaning since that time; Kropotkin uses it to mean competitiveness, while today it .