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Practical Anarchism: A Guide for Daily Life

Regular price $ 19.95

by Scott Branson

Pluto Press

10/20/2022, paperback

SKU: 9780745344928


Bring out your inner anarchist!

From relationships to school, work, art, even the way you organize your time, anarchism can help you find fulfillment, empathy, and liberation in the everyday.

You may not realize it, but you are probably already practicing anarchism in your daily life. From the small questions such as 'where should I shop?' to the big ones like 'how do I love?', Scott Branson shows that anarchism isn't only something we do when we vote, protest, or read the news. With practical examples enriched by history and theory, the tips will empower you to break free from the consumerist trappings of our world.

Anarchism is not just for white men, but for everyone. In reading this book, you can detach from patriarchal masculinity, norms of the family, gender, sexuality, racialization, individual responsibility, and the destruction of our planet, and replace them with ideas of sustainable living, ties of mutual aid, and the horizon of collective liberation.


"Clever and inspiring! Branson's brilliant method of weaving together our collective and individual lives alongside our most complex relationships with the systems that we are part of is truly refreshing and ground-breaking. I feel that I and many other radicals have walked the edges of so many of these conversations that Branson has skilfully and necessarily busted open" -- carla joy bergman, editor of Trust Kids! and co-author of Joyful Militancy

"Presents clear, astute critiques of work, school and the destruction of community in capitalism and serves as a handbook for liberation, both optimistic and intensely motivating" -- Ruth Kinna, author of The Government of No One: The Theory and Practice of Anarchism

"Time and time again, anarchists have been involved in improving social relationships, empowering dispossessed and marginalised communities, and supporting struggles on the right side of history. In this highly readable and passionate book, Scott Branson sheds a light on many examples of everyday anarchist engagement" -- Gabriel Kuhn, author of Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics

"An anarchist kaleidoscope, inviting us to shake up this world and see the endless array of beautiful possibilities that are already present in the here and now. This book - tender, dreamy, actionable - inspires us to pick up all the sparkly, even if sometimes jagged, edges of daily life that too often go unnoticed and toss them, time and again, into utopian play" -- Cindy Barukh Milstein, author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations

"Deftly and joyfully shows us that lives lived with compassion and collective autonomy in the engagements we call anarchy have practical applications in our ever day living individually and collectively"  -- scott crow, insurgent, author of Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy and the Common Ground Collective

About the Author:

Scott Branson is a queer and trans writer, translator, teacher, artist, and anarchist organizer, living in Western North Carolina. They translated Guy Hocquenghem's second book, Gay Liberation After May 68, as well as Jacques Lesage De La Haye's The Abolition of Prison, and co-edited Surviving the Future: Abolitionist Queer Strategies. They are also a frequent co-host on the anarchist podcast The Final Straw Radio.