Synopses & Reviews
Painting a vivid picture of 1960s counterculture ideas, this new collection of the late Paul Goodman's essential anarchist writingsfrom utopian essays to practical proposalsreveals how he inspired the dissident youth of the era and profoundly influenced movement theory and practice. Long out-of-print, these provocative, insightful, and incisive pieces analyze citizenship and civil disobedience, decentralization and the organized systemall while still mindful of the long anarchist tradition and of the Jeffersonian democracy that resonated strongly in Goodman's own political thought. A potent antidote to U.S. global imperialism and domestic anomie, this collection also includes a new introduction by Goodman's friend and literary executor, Taylor Stoehr, who explains why these nine core texts will thoroughly explicate anarchism for future generations.
"The core of Goodman's politics was his definition of anarchism . . . He most passionately believed that man must not commit treason against himself, whatever the statecapitalist, socialist, et alcommands." Nat Hentoff, Village Voice
"The important thing about Paul is that he raises the right questions. The fact that most of his answers are brilliant gives the reader an extra bonus." Dave Dellinger, peace activist and founder, Liberation magazine
"Paul Goodman has been one of the few integrated and hence liberated people of our age . . . He may well have been the only truly seminal libertarian thinker in our generation." George Woodcock, historian of anarchism
"Paul Goodman brought a new invigorating stream into American anarchism, simply through his insistence that in all the problems of daily life we are faced with the possibility of choice between authoritarian and libertarian solutions . . . [This book's] sympathetic editing introduces Goodman's social criticism to a new generation." Colin Ward, community planner
"Editor Taylor Stoehr relates how he found in Goodman a man who had found 'another way to live,' a man whose refusal to conform could shock a young mind back into its best instincts." Bookforum
About the Author
Paul Goodman is the author of Decentralizing Power and the bestselling Growing Up Absurd. He set the agenda for the youth movement of the 1960s and lectured on subjects ranging from politics, education, and community planning to psychotherapy, religion, and literature.