By Giorel Curran (auth.)
21st Century Dissent contends that anarchism has significantly inspired the trendy political panorama. Curran explores the modern face of anarchism as expressed through environmental protests and the anti-globalization movement.
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Why are we so unimaginative politically that we cannot think outside of this ‘shopping list’ of oppressions? (Newman 2001, 171) We turn to recent theoretical developments that, to various degrees, construct post-left anarchist positions – positions that resonate elements of post-ideological anarchism. Anarchism and poststructuralism: recent developments Poststructural anarchism is not a formally developed ‘school’ of anarchism. Rather it proposes that by drawing insights from a broader Anarchism Old and New 35 range of poststructuralist theorists, anarchism can be made far more relevant and appealing to a new generation of activists.
They theorize forms of social organization that best advance the goals of individual freedom and autonomy. Hence collective action is central to both their means and their ends. Amongst the social anarchists we ﬁnd the key players – the mutualists, collectivists, communists, communitarians and syndicalists – although it is also important to distinguish them in terms of their political philosophy as well as their broad political strategy. While the social anarchists may differ in emphasis – highlighting anarchism’s mutualism, collectivism, federalism or its scientiﬁc character – they nonetheless agreed to some key principles.
It also renews objections to the Marxist productivist ethic that, while rejecting capitalist production, extolled industrialism as the source of abundance, a view that also resonates deep ecology’s objection to a Marxist politics. In short, anarcho-primitivists take to an extreme the general anarchist objection to mediation and representation. They see in symbolic culture, including language and art, a betrayal of direct unmediated experience and its replacement with separation and alienation. Such a collection of austere views places primitivism at the extreme end of the radical ecology/anarchism spectrum.
21st Century Dissent: Anarchism, Anti-Globalization and Environmentalism by Giorel Curran (auth.)