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James Scott taught us whats wrong with seeing like a state. Now- in his most accessible and personal book to date- the acclaimed social scientist makes the case for seeing like an anarchist. Inspired by the core anarchist faith in the possibilities of voluntary cooperation without hierarchy- Two Cheers for Anarchism is an engaging- high-spirited- and often very funny defense of an anarchist way of seeing--one that provides a unique and powerful perspective on everything from everyday social and political interactions to mass protests and revolutions. Through a wide-ranging series of memorable anecdotes and examples- the book describes an anarchist sensibility that celebrates the local knowledge- common sense- and creativity of ordinary people. The result is a kind of handbook on constructive anarchism that challenges us to radically reconsider the value of hierarchy in public and private life- from schools and workplaces to retirement homes and government itself. Beginning with what Scott calls the law of anarchist calisthenics- an argument for law-breaking inspired by an East German pedestrian crossing- each chapter opens with a story that captures an essential anarchist truth.In the course of telling these stories- Scott touches on a wide variety of subjects: public disorder and riots- desertion- poaching- vernacular knowledge- assembly-line production- globalization- the petty bourgeoisie- school testing- playgrounds- and the practice of historical explanation. Far from a dogmatic manifesto- Two Cheers for Anarchism celebrates the anarchist confidence in the inventiv... Please click here to ask a question
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