By Uri Gordon
Anarchist politics are on the center of today’s such a lot bright and radical social routine. From squatted social centres and neighborhood gardens to acts of sabotage and raucous summit blockades, anarchist teams and networks are spreading an ethos of direct motion, non-hierarchical organizing and self-liberation that has redefined progressive fight for the twenty first century.
Anarchy Alive! is an engaging, in-depth examine the perform and conception of latest anarchism. Uri Gordon attracts on his activist event and on interviews, discussions and an unlimited number of contemporary literature to discover the actions, cultures and agendas shaping today’s explosive anti-authoritarian revival. Anarchy Alive! additionally addresses the most annoying debates within the modern flow, utilizing a idea in accordance with perform to provocatively reshape anarchist discussions of management, violence, expertise and nationalism.
This is the precise e-book for an individual searching for a clean, expert and important engagement with anarchism, as a mature and dynamic political strength within the age of globalisation.
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Extra resources for Anarchy Alive! Anti-Authoritarian Politics From Practice to Theory
At any rate, as a result of all these developments, diversity itself would appear to be a core value in contemporary anarchism, reflected not only in the aspiration for diversity in the movement, but also in the diversity of visions for alternative social relations that it has the space for. As Hakim Bey (1985b) expresses this, prescribed and fixed models for a free society only attest to their originators’ ‘various brands of tunnel-vision, ranging from the peasant commune to the L-5 Space City.
Nothing is sacred, least of all the fetishised, reified shibboleths of anarchism’ (Moore 1998; cf. Landstreicher 2002, McQuinn 2004). The breadth and diversity of what could ‘count’ as anarchist expression is indeed hard to place in bounds. But this is precisely why there is such an advantage in looking at anarchism as a political culture. The concept of political culture allows us to approach anarchism from the ground up, putting organisation, action and lifestyle on the same footing with ideas and theories.
The moment one focuses merely on the seizure of state power, and maintains authoritarian organisation for that purpose while leaving the construction of a free society for ‘after the revolution’, the battle has already been lost. Nobody has expressed this idea more forcefully than Emma Goldman, in the afterword to My Disillusion in Russia: All human experience teaches that methods and means cannot be separated from the ultimate aim. The means employed become, through individual habit Gordon 01 intro 37 25/9/07 12:18:05 38 Anarchy Alive!
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