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15. Government and the State
About this Lecture
In this module, we explore the concepts of government and the state as they are understood in anarchism, focusing in particular on: (i) the distinction between government and governance; (ii) anarchists’ rejection of representative democracy in favour of direct democracy; (iii) Kropotkin’s definition of the state, which anticipates that of Max Weber (1864-1920); and (iv) the ways in which the state enables exploitation and maintains inequalities, both directly and indirectly.
In this course, Professor Ruth Kinna (Loughborough University) explores the idea of anarchism. In the first five modules, we introduce five key figures in anarchist thinking: Max Stirner (1806-65), Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-65), Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876), Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921), and Emma Goldman (1869-1940). After that, we spend five modules exploring four key principles in anarchism: rejection of the state, liberty, economic freedom and utopianism. In the eleventh, twelfth and thirteen modules, we think about six different types of anarchism – individualism, collectivism, communism, egoism, social anarchism and syndicalism – before turning in the final four modules to explore seven key concepts in anarchism: power, authority, government, the state, altruism, autonomy and direct action.
Ruth Kinna is Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Loughborough University. She is a political theorist and historian of ideas with research interests in anarchism, nineteenth and early twentieth-century socialist thought, utopianism and contemporary radicalism. Her book William Morris: The Art of Socialism was published in 2000. She has since published The Beginner's Guide to Anarchism (Oneworld, 2005/2009), Kropotkin: Reviewing the Classical Anarchist Tradition (University of Edinburgh, 2016) and The Government of No One (Pelican, 2019).
Cite this Lecture
Kinna, R. (2020, February 17). Anarchism - Government and the State [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/anarchism/government-and-the-state
Kinna, Ruth. "Anarchism – Government and the State." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 17 Feb 2020, https://www.massolit.io/courses/anarchism/government-and-the-state