PEOPLE WITHOUT GOVERNMENT. An Anthropology of Anarchism by Harold Barclay – Preface by Alex Comfort. eBook £1.50 (see eBookshelf)

PwGcver005People Without Government. An Anthropology of AnarchismHarold Barclay (Preface by Alex Comfort) (ISBN 978-0-904564-47-1). First published by Cienfuegos Press, Over the Water, Sanday, Orkney, in 1982.

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Anarchy, as the absence of government, is neither chaos nor some impossible Utopian dream. In fact it is a very common form of political organisation and one that has characterised much of the human past. People Without Government describes briefly the anarchic political structures of a number of these societies. True they are mainly small-scale hunting, gathering and horticultural groups. However, the social organisation of certain large populations with complex relations is also sometimes anarchic. Thus anarchy applies to a broad spectrum of different kinds of societies.

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