Asian Anarchists

Pankaj Mishra writes that, at the time when Woodrow Wilson was igniting the Great American Century, ‘Marxism was … being studied and debated in many Asian cities and towns’ (LRB, 21 February). In fact, Asian radicals and nationalists were studying anarchist texts at least as energetically as they did The Communist Manifesto. The Indian independence … Continue reading

Gandhi & Anarchy: George H. Smith, Raghavan Iyer, B. R. Nanda

M. K. Gandhi’s biographer B.R. Nanda reports that Gandhi would have agreed with the nineteenth-century doctrine ‘that government is best which governs least. … [T]his Jeffersonian maxim was central to Gandhi’s thinking. “A society organized and run on the basis of complete nonviolence,” he stated repeatedly, “would be the purest anarchy. … That State is … Continue reading

Anarchism & Nonviolence: Exploring Common Ground

Anarchism is perhaps the most misunderstood of all political philosophies. This may be due to a variety of factors including anarchists’ own reluctance to create blueprints or rigid definitions, as well as the mainstream culture’s caricature of the “violent anarchist” that has led to numerous examples of repression and demonization. Far from being a theory … Continue reading

From Asian Anarchism: China, Korea, Japan & India

Though India is located on the Western border of China, connection and communication between the anarchisms of both are relatively unknown since in India anarchism never really took on much of a formally named “anarchist” nature. In India, the relevance of anarchism is primarily in the deep influence major aspects of it had on important … Continue reading