Prometheus Against the Leviathan: Theories About the State (Paperback)

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An examination of the emergence of the modern state and anarchist critiques of it.
The emergence of the modern nation-state created institutions of political and economic power unrivaled in human history. This volume argues that, nonetheless, the existence of the state is not an inevitable “end of history,” provided an informed citizenry remembers that all institutions are fleeting and can change in the face of popular resistance. After all, Costas Despiniadis argues, the state is the exception in human history, a deviation from millennia of stateless societies. Perhaps the most thorough contemporary review of theories of the state and its formation, this book considers the work of Hobbes, Rousseau, Locke, Hegel, and Marx before turning to examine anarchist readings of the state by Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Striner, Landauer, and Nietzsche, finding that anarchist criticisms of the state are borne out by history and that their theories more closely resemble the anthropological records of communities that were clearly more egalitarian and less violent.

About the Author

Costas Despiniadis is a writer, publisher, translator, and editor. He is the author of six books, including The Anatomist of Power: Franz Kafka and the Critique of Authority.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781551647838
ISBN-10: 1551647834
Publisher: Black Rose Books
Publication Date: July 6th, 2023
Pages: 250