By Steve J. Shone
The 9 thinkers mentioned are Alexander Berkman, Voltairine de Cleyre, Samuel Fielden, Luigi Galleani, Peter Kropotkin, Lucy Parsons, Max Stirner, William Graham Sumner, and Benjamin Tucker.
What emerges from this engagement is a lucid, compelling, and good grounded argument that rules drawn from 19th century American Anarchism have enduring relevance for these trying to remedy modern political problems.
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Tucker27 more bigoted, more tyrannical doctrine” ( 2005, 155)? As with the case of physician services, ultimately, Tucker argued, individual free will should never be undermined by the views of experts, however reliable the input of outsiders might happen to be (155). Like his colleague and fellowAmerican Anarchist, Lysander Spooner (Spooner  1992), Tucker did not generally believe that so-called vices should be regulated. In “State Socialism and Anarchism,” he argued in favor of “the right of the drunkard, the gambler, the rake, and the harlot to live their lives until they shall freely abandon them” (Tucker 1888c, 3,  2005, 15, 1926, 14, 1972, 21; Brooks 1994c, 87).
In the past, Tucker had agreed with Greevz’ perspective, until critics pointed out that allowing others to interfere with the rights of parents (and particularly mothers) would not be compatible with a society based on contracts, but would, instead, be invasive. Thus, he wavered, returning to a position that was more in line with his other ideas, that except in cases of serious physical abuse, mothers should be given the benefit of the doubt, because generally “[w]e cannot … clearly identify the maltreatment of child by parent as either invasive or non-invasive of the liberty of third parties” (1892b, 2,  2005, 135; Brooks 1994c, 208).
Tucker 1881g, 1) Much more typically, in an editorial called “Liberty’s Weapons,” Tucker (1881c, 2) writes that “Liberty fights; but with the ploughshare of thought and the lance of freest criticism. The rationalization for this is at least partly due to the method’s efficacy. Tucker says of the advantages of using passive resistance: There is not a tyrant in the civilized world to-day who would not do anything in his power to precipitate a bloody revolution rather than see himself confronted by any large fraction of his subjects determined not to obey.
American anarchism by Steve J. Shone