Review: “Pagan Anarchism”-Christopher Scott Thompson

Radical leftist Pagan blog/printer Gods&Radicals recently released a new book called”Pagan Anarchism” by Christopher Scott Thompson.

It comes with a striking cover of the Madonna dell’Anarchia by Ex Voto, an image of the Virgin Mary, dressed in black, her Sacred Heart exposed and tears of blood streaming from her eyes. On either side of her are images of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, famed anarchist martyrs whose bodies were cremated mere blocks from where I sit.

Thompson’s book is short and sweet. It introduces two complex and widely misunderstood ideas: Paganism and anarchism and deftly goes into the history of both as well as the intersection.

I think this book would be an excellent introduction for Pagans looking to learn more about anarchism.

There are better overviews of both Paganism and of Anarchism (Margot Adler’s “Drawing Down the Moon” for the former and Peter Marshall’s “Demanding the Impossible” for the latter.) but this is a really decent stepping-stone for those people interested in the intersection of these two (which, I feel, there probably are many among Gods&Radicals’ readers).

It also touches on the polytheism movement which is nice.

I’d recommend it specifically for Pagans looking to understand more about anarchism.



~ by R.M. McGrath on 12/19/2016.

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