The Old Anarchism and the New — Some Comments

  • David E. Apter
Part of the Studies in Comparative Politics book series (STCP)


Anarchism As A Doctrine Has A Peculiar Fascination For scholars. It both repels and attracts. It attracts because it embodies rage — the particular rage people have when they see man as an obstade to his own humaneness. It is the ultimate statement of how outrageous the human condition can be. But it is precisely because man does not live by rage alone, but must master it by discovering proximate means to solving the ordinary problems of daily life, that anarchism repels. It seem a romantic luxury at best — a cry of pain for the future, just as nostalgia is for the past and, like nostalgia, this cannot fail to be attractive.


Youth Culture Political Solution Social Doctrine Ordinary Problem Black Flag 
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