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The anarchist anti-conscription movement in the USA
in Anarchism, 1914–18
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This chapter explores the conceptual logic and political strategies of the anarchist anti-conscription movement in the USA before and during the First World War. Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman and Leonard Abbott actively involved in the Anti-Militarist League and later in the No-Conscription League and the League for the Amnesty of Political Prisoners. Contrary to contemporary images of anarchists as isolated extremists, the anarchists in the No-Conscription League and the subsequent Amnesty League were part of a global radical network. Perhaps anarchist efforts to stop previous wars contain lessons that might engage us today. They insist on combining a radical analysis of capitalism, patriarchy and the state with flexibility in maintaining working networks and focused coalitions. They remind us that war is not a discrete event but an assemblage of biopolitical practices that militarise production and reproduction.

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Anarchism, 1914–18

Internationalism, anti-militarism and war


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