By Žiga Vodovnik
On the finish of the 19th century, the community of anarchist collectives represented the first-ever international antisystemic move and the very middle of innovative tumult. during this groundbreaking and magisterial paintings, Žiga Vodovnik establishes that anarchism this day isn't just the main innovative present yet, for the 1st time in background, the single one left. based on the writer, many modern theoretical reflections on anarchism marginalize or forget to say the relevance of the anarchy of lifestyle. Given this myopic (mis)conception of its essence, we're nonetheless trying to find anarchism in areas the place the probabilities of truly discovering it are the smallest.
“Žiga Vodovnik’s A residing Sprit of Revolt is an unique and excellent exploration of the good tapestry of thought and praxis that belongs within the anarchist culture and its modern types. For the 1st time he makes a extraordinary case that the Transcendentalists and their highbrow cousins belong firmly during this culture. No library of latest or historic radicalism will be with out it.” —James C. Scott, writer of Seeing like a State and Two Cheers for Anarchism
“Like Marx’s outdated mole, the intuition for freedom retains burrowing, and periodically breaks via to the sunshine of day in novel and fascinating types. that's taking place back instantly in lots of components of the realm, frequently encouraged through, and revitalizing, the anarchist culture that's tested in Žiga Vodovnik’s booklet. A residing Sprit of Revolt is a deeply proficient and considerate paintings, which bargains us very well timed and instructive lessons.” —Noam Chomsky, MIT
“Žiga Vodovnik has made a clean and unique contribution to our figuring out of anarchism, through unearthing its value for the hot England Transcendentalists and their effect on radical politics in the USA. A dwelling Sprit of Revolt is attention-grabbing, correct and is bound to be largely learn and enjoyed.” —Uri Gordon, writer of Anarchy Alive: Anti-Authoritarian Politics from perform to Theory
“This ebook with its felicitous name is a vital and crucial paintings, sincere, painstaking, and clever. not like such a lot of political scientists, Žiga Vodovnik knows anarchism. it really is not likely that anybody can learn A dwelling Sprit of Revolt with out gaining a unconditionally new point of view at the background and way forward for the anarchist flow. In a interval that gives you to spawn interesting differences and occupations of politics, this tremendous paintings deals a level of actual knowing, and consequently can't be an excessive amount of commended.” —Andrej Grubačić, writer of Don’t Mourn, Balkanize!: Essays After Yugoslavia and co-author of Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History
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He who comes to the princedom with the aid of the rich maintains himself with more difficulty than he who gets there with the people's aid, because as prince he is surrounded by many who think them~ selves his equals, and for this reason he cannot command them or manage them at his will. But a prince who attains his position 40 THE PRINCE, Chap. 9 through popular favor stands there solitary and has around him either nobody or very few who are not prepared to obey. Besides this, a ruler cannot creditably and without injury to others satisfy the rich, but certainly he can satisfy the people, because the people's object is more creditable than that of the rich: the latter wish to oppress and the former not to be oppressed.
18. 20 THE PRINCE, Chaps. 3, 4 [Machiavelli's Reply to Rouen] On this subject I talked with Rouen at Nantes, when Valentino (for that was the popular name for Cesare Borgia, Pope Alexander's son) was taking over the Romagna. For the reasons I have given, when the Cardinal of Rouen said to me that the Italians know nothing ofwar, I answered that the French know nothing ofpolitics, because ifthey knew anything, they would not let the Church attain such strength. And experience shows that her strength in Italy, and that of Spain, have been caused by the King of France, and his ruin caused by them.
Do Not Trust Men You Have Harmed. Cesare's Blunder] The single thing for which we can blame him is the election of Julius as pope. In this he made a bad choice because, as I have said, ifhe could not set up a pope to suit himself, he could exclude from the papacy whomever he wished. He should never have let the papacy go to any cardinal whom he had injured or who, on be,l coming pope, would need to fear him, because men do injury through either fear or hate. Those whom Cesare had injured were, among others, San Piero ad Vincula, Colonna, San Giorgio, and Ascanio.
A Living Spirit of Revolt: The Infrapolitics of Anarchism by Žiga Vodovnik