Kropotkin Now! Life, Freedom & Ethics

Following on from the successful 2021 conference “Kropotkin Now: Life, Freedom & Ethics” (which can be rewatched here) there is a planned publication which sees many of the talks being translated into essays.

The Book is edited by Christopher Coquard and being published by Black Rose Books. To Preorder click here.

Prince Peter Kropotkin (1842–1921) was one of the great thinkers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As a Russian anarchist, philosopher, economist, historian, geographer, and scientist, Kropotkin had a range of contributions that was as divergent as it was holistic. Kropotkin’s critical thought on issues such as mutual aid and anarchism have become tenets of multiple twenty-first-century social movements. As the foundations of neoliberalism shake and neo-fascist movements spawn around the world, the practice of mutual aid, the theories of anarchism and participatory democracy, and critique of social Darwinism have seldom been as important as they are today. Many activists and scholars are using Kropotkin’s ideas to challenge these authoritarian threats and to work toward an egalitarian future. Kropotkin Now! is the culmination of an international effort to investigate Kropotkin’s ideas and to imagine new alternatives on the centenary of his death. Contributors engage Kropotkin’s work in diverse contexts, including evolution and mutual aid, cyborgs and feminist technoscience, Kropotkin’s treatment of “the sex question,” urbanization, building dual power, and more.

Christopher Coquard is an educator and a self-taught scholar of Peter Kropotkin who lives and works in Quebec City.

Table of Contents:

  • Giulio Spiazzi – Pëtr Kropotkin The practice of “mutual aid” in the self-educating libertarian reality KETHER of Verona-Italy;
  • Hillary Lazar – Collective Care and Mutual Aid as Community Self-defense*;
  • Bruno Miorali – DES GROUPES D’ENTRAIDE À LA PARTICIPATION COMMUNAUTAIRE – Autogestion pédagogique et pédagogie de l’autogestion (to be translated to English);
  • Selva Varengo – Peter Kropotkin and the Freedom Journal;
  • Natalia Yurievna Portnova – Kropotkin the Geographer in Dmitrov;
  • Javier Sethness – Pëtr Kropotkin, Anarcho-Communist “Intelligent Hero”: An Historical Analysis;
  • Damier & Rublev – The Individualist Communism of P.A. Kropotkin;
  • Eric M. Johnson – Mutual Aid Theory as a Response to Socialist Darwinism;
  • Laura Schleifer – Conceptions of Animal Morality: A Factor in Political Ideologies, from Kropotkin’s Anarcho-Communism to Fascism to Neoliberalism and Beyond;
  • M. Joseph Aloi II – Mutual Aid in a Time of Disaster: Kropotkin and Climate Adaptation;
  • Nikolai Gerasimov – Peter Kropotkin’s ethics against philosophical dualism: between Spinoza’s monism and Russian nihilism;
  • Francesco Codello – L’anarchisme positif de Kropotkine dans son actualité (to be translated to English);
  • Peter Goldman – Kropotkin and Bookchin: Distinctions and Similarities;
  • Tomas Pewton – Mutual Aid: An Alternative to Power;
  • Charles Marsh – Peter Kropotkin’s “Double Tendency” and the Paradigm Debate in Modern Public Relations;
  • Richard Morgan – The Bio-political Dimension of Kropotkin’s Anarchist Thought: punishment, crime, and the criminal;
  • Franco Bunčuga – Kropotkin and the roots of modern urbanism;
  • Jon Bekken – Economics, Community & the Pursuit of Happiness;
  • Andrew Cornford – Peter Kropotkin: Portrait of an Anarchist Prince;
  • Denis O’Hearn & Andrej Grubačić – Capital & Class;
  • Lee Alan Dugatkin – Kropotkin’s Heir: Warder Clyde Allee and Mutual Aid in Animals;
  • Dimitrios Roussopoulos – Kropotkin in the Face of Urbanisation

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