Thursday, October 05, 2006

An Anarchist Rabbi: The Life and Teachings of Rudolf Rocker

The story of Rudolf Rocker is the combined tale of a life and a social movement - a life that reflects with amazing accuracy the development of the movement and its various nuances. Rocker witnessed anarchism at its height, but he also saw its decline, and ultimate disintegration. During his long years of activity within the ranks of the movement, Rocker took part in the major stages of its history, from the birth of anarchism in post-Bismarck Germany, through the notorious phase of "Propaganda by Deed" in France and the London battles against the sweating system, until "the last cause" - the Spanish Civil War. A gentile who taught himself Yiddish and Jewish culture, Rocker was for half-a-century the soul of the Jewish movement, a spiritual teacher, a philosopher, and a preacher. He was the "rabbi," a man who not only talks but also acts on his beliefs. Rocker was the father of the trend, and his major philosophical contribution, Nationalism and Culture, constitutes to this day one of the most serious attempts to analyze critically the emergence of nationalism, and its relationship to the political state and western civilization.

Citations

* Nationalism and Culture by Rudolf Rocker on 13 pages
* The Decline of the West (Oxford Paperbacks) by Oswald Spengler on 4 pages
* Reflections on Violence by Georges Sorel on page 154, page 188, and Back Matter
* East End Jewish Radicals by W. Fishman on page 74, page 86, and Back Matter
* Fields, Factories, and Workshops by Peter Kropotkin on page 36, page 158, and Back Matter

# Hardcover: 264 pages
# Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (December 15, 1997)
# Language: English
# ISBN: 0312172737

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Rudolf Rocker is not the same person as Sholom, a blogger who is also known as the "anarchist rabbi".

The preceeding has been a shameless self-promotion.