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Book Review: How the plan to fall apart soon fell apart
Book Review: How the plan to fall apart soon fell apart

The World That Never Was A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents Alex Butterworth Pantheon: 496 pp., $30 For more than 100 years, anarchism has been an embarrassing stepdaughter in the family of international radicalism, the one whose bad behavior makes it easy to dismiss the awkward questions she poses. Ever since Karl Marx got Mikhail Bakunin expelled from the First International in 1872, more disciplined revolutionaries have depicted anarchists as loose cannons incapable of building a new social order. The anarchists assisted them by embracing "propaganda by deed," a phrase coined in 1876 to promote insurrectionary collective action that quickly...

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