Daoism and Anarchism: Critiques of State Autonomy in Ancient and Modern China (Contemporary Anarchist Studies)

Daoism and Anarchism: Critiques of State Autonomy in Ancient and Modern China (Contemporary Anarchist Studies)

John A. Rapp


This quantity within the modern Anarchist reports sequence specializes in anti-statist evaluations in historical and glossy China and demonstrates that China doesn't have an unchallenged authoritarian political culture.

Treating anarchism as a critique of centralized nation energy, the paintings first examines radical Daoist concept from the 4th century BCE to the ninth century CE and compares Daoist philosophers and poets to Western anarchist and utopian thinkers. this can be by way of a survey of anarchist issues in dissident suggestion within the People's Republic of China from 1949 to the current. A concluding bankruptcy discusses how Daoist anarchism could be utilized to any anarchist-inspired radical critique at the present time.

This paintings not just demanding situations the standard principles of the scope and nature of dissent in China, it additionally offers a special comparability of historical chinese language Daoist anarchism to Western anarchist. that includes formerly untranslated texts, comparable to the ninth century Buddhist anarchist tract, the Wunengzi, and essays from the PRC press, it is going to be an important source to an individual learning anarchism, chinese language political proposal, political dissent, and political historical past.

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