A Brief Introduction to Anarchism with Tom Hodgkinson

Tom Hodgkinson

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Anarchism is not about smashing up bus stops and assassinating princes. It is not a synonym for violence and disorder.

It is in fact a sophisticated political and personal approach to everyday life which has its roots in the Cynic philosophers of Ancient Athens, as well as the teachings of Christ and Socrates.

In this three part course, Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson defines anarchism and then takes us on a spirited romp through two and half millennia of anarchic thinking, from Diogenes the Cynic to the medieval “free spirit” movement, and from Mary Shelley’s father to Punk.

Our course offers you three illustrated talks across 45 minutes of video, plus transcripts, forums, further reading, a quiz and certificate.

Tom will be available to answer queries and guide discussion with all students on the course.

Be an anarchy graduate and join us today.

Course structure:

Part One: What is Anarchism?
Tom looks at the definition of anarchism given by Prince Petr Kropotkin, the great 19th century anarchist and friend of Oscar Wilde. 16 mins

Part Two: Anarchism in the Old World
Tom goes back to the roots of anarchic thinking in ancient China and Greece, and takes us up the 17th century radical sects, the Ranters and the Diggers. 10 mins

Part Three: Anarchism in the Modern World
Tom traces the development of anarchy as a political principle from William Godwin and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon onwards. He brings us up to date with the Situationists, the Punks and touches on anarchist-inspired movements in modern Syria. 19 mins


About the Tutor

Tom is editor of the Idler and author of the best-selling manuals, How to be Idle and How to be Free. Other books include a book on smallholding called Brave Old World, a book on parenting, the Ukulele Handbook and, most recently, a manual for creative entrepreneurs, Business for Bohemians.


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£42

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Three illustrated video lectures, transcripts, reading list, access to the forum, a quiz and certificate of completion

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David
22/06/2018

Lots more to learn
Many years ago, I found myself working as a teaching assistant in American History, a chore which covered tuition and paid a small stipend (beer money and movie tickets) while I was in grad school. Anarchists got a bum rap in the textbooks the state fiercely mandated, so I just skipped it. The few paragraphs that mentioned Anarchists at all painted them as little more than Libertarians (think Ayn Rand) with dynamite, ugly masks, and some kind of unspecified gripe against The Government.

Thanks to Tom's course, I've got a solid bedrock to see Anarchism as a mature, well-examined political philosophy. Which gives me lots more to learn -- as fate (or in my case, luck) had in store for me, I spent most of my career not as a teacher but as a writer and journalist, almost always as a freelancer, proud to be doing for myself.

Sure enough, thanks to this course I've got lots more to dig into, and I'm grateful for your concise manner of covering the landmarks without getting tied up in the hyperverbosity that I am so often guilty of (like here, I'm afraid).

Thanks again for another very fine course.
Dave in Memphis

Thomas
22/06/2018

Introduction to Anarchism
Enjoyable and informative. I was surprised at the number of misconceptions I had about anarchy and anarchists (well some of them at least).
I'll search out some of the volumes on the reading list.
Thanks
Tom, from the forests of British Columbia.

idler
22/06/2018

Thanks you Tom for writing all the way from the Canadian woods.
Glad you enjoyed it.
Tom

Shosh
1/06/2018

Part 2 3
Hi,
I enjoy participating in part 1, and couldn’t open part 2 and 3, please advise
Best Shosh

Idler
1/06/2018

Hi Shosh,
Thanks for your comment. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Part 1.
Parts 2 and 3 will be released on Monday 4 June and Thursday 7 June respectively.
All best,
the Idlers

Reviews

David
22/06/2018

Lots more to learn
Many years ago, I found myself working as a teaching assistant in American History, a chore which covered tuition and paid a small stipend (beer money and movie tickets) while I was in grad school. Anarchists got a bum rap in the textbooks the state fiercely mandated, so I just skipped it. The few paragraphs that mentioned Anarchists at all painted them as little more than Libertarians (think Ayn Rand) with dynamite, ugly masks, and some kind of unspecified gripe against The Government.

Thanks to Tom's course, I've got a solid bedrock to see Anarchism as a mature, well-examined political philosophy. Which gives me lots more to learn -- as fate (or in my case, luck) had in store for me, I spent most of my career not as a teacher but as a writer and journalist, almost always as a freelancer, proud to be doing for myself.

Sure enough, thanks to this course I've got lots more to dig into, and I'm grateful for your concise manner of covering the landmarks without getting tied up in the hyperverbosity that I am so often guilty of (like here, I'm afraid).

Thanks again for another very fine course.
Dave in Memphis

Thomas
22/06/2018

Introduction to Anarchism
Enjoyable and informative. I was surprised at the number of misconceptions I had about anarchy and anarchists (well some of them at least).
I'll search out some of the volumes on the reading list.
Thanks
Tom, from the forests of British Columbia.

idler
22/06/2018

Thanks you Tom for writing all the way from the Canadian woods.
Glad you enjoyed it.
Tom

Shosh
1/06/2018

Part 2 3
Hi,
I enjoy participating in part 1, and couldn’t open part 2 and 3, please advise
Best Shosh

Idler
1/06/2018

Hi Shosh,
Thanks for your comment. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Part 1.
Parts 2 and 3 will be released on Monday 4 June and Thursday 7 June respectively.
All best,
the Idlers