By Colin Ward
What do anarchists wish? it kind of feels more uncomplicated to categorise them via what they don't wish, particularly, the firms of the nation, and to spot them with rioting and protest instead of with any coherent ideology. yet with demonstrations like these opposed to the realm financial institution and the overseas financial Fund being blamed on anarchists, it truly is transparent that an evidence of what they do stand for is lengthy late.
Colin Ward presents solutions to those questions by way of contemplating anarchism from numerous views: theoretical, ancient, and foreign, and via exploring key anarchist thinkers, from Kropotkin to Chomsky. He seems significantly at anarchism through comparing key rules inside it, equivalent to its blanket competition to incarceration, and coverage of "no compromise" with the equipment of political decision-making. Can anarchy ever functionality successfully as a political strength? Is it extra "organized" and "reasonable" than is presently perceived? regardless of the politics of the reader, Ward's argument guarantees that anarchism may be far better understood after experiencing this book.
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The sociologist David Downes remarked at a conference on crime at New York University that no other nation in history has ever put a bigger proportion of its citizens in jail. The judicial system also ensures that African-American men have a 1 in 4 chance of going to prison during their lifetimes, while the chance is 1 in 23 for their white fellow citizens. Professor Downes was asked whether Europe would be affected by the American example. ’ His answer was correct, and Britain leads Europe in the proportion of its citizens that it incarcerates.
Recognition of these factors was one of the inﬂuences at the end of the 19th century leading to the establishment in both Britain and America of the probation service, in which, as an alternative to prison, a probation ofﬁcer was charged with the task of becoming the friend and advisor of the offender, and with helping him to lead a normal working and family life. Through much of the 20th century there was a slow humanization of the penal system, so far as this was possible, inspired by the reformers who had been 42 inmates and observers in the war years, despite frequent opposition from the staff of penal establishments.
They respond by stressing that social welfare in Britain did not originate from government, nor from the post-war National Insurance laws, nor with the initiation of the National Health Service in 1948. It evolved from the vast network of friendly societies and mutual aid organizations that had sprung up through working-class self-help in the 19th century. The founding father of the NHS was the then member of parliament for Tredegar in South Wales, Aneurin Bevan, the Labour Government’s Minister of Health.
Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Colin Ward