By Giorel Curran (auth.)
21st Century Dissent contends that anarchism has significantly stimulated the fashionable political panorama. Curran explores the modern face of anarchism as expressed through environmental protests and the anti-globalization movement.
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In his The Political Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism (1994) Todd May denies that there is, or should be, a single agency or mode of social transformation. His objective is to remove anarchism from the universalist limitations that still contain it. While capitalism and the state are important oppositional targets, he argues that anarchists need to go beyond such singular sites of power if effective social change is to be realized. Lewis Call’s Postmodern Anarchism (2003) draws primarily from Nietzsche, Baudrillard and some cyberpunk literature to construct a society underpinned by radical ‘gift-giving’ – or the giving of gifts without traditional expectations of return (Glavin 2004).
To regain their power, individuals need to shake themselves loose from externally imposed subjectivities and begin afresh. Newman thus contends that Stirner ‘was one of the ﬁrst to consider the question of self-repression’ and the state’s reliance ‘on our willingness to let it dominate us’ (Newman 2002, 229). For Stirner, the control of desire becomes one of the state’s ultimate weapons, and conversely human liberation lies is the reclamation of desire. For individualists the retrieval of individuality – one’s ego – becomes the ultimate revolutionary act.
As a broad idea or tendency, post-leftism highlights an important development in contemporary anarchist theory and practice. Post-leftism rejects both the politics of the broad left and ideology itself. The claim is that the brutality of the communist experiment exposed an ideology driven by a relentless and repressive architecture. Anarchists had always warned against the dangers of such authoritarianism, but social anarchists, by and large, still upheld the principle of collectivism, ignoring, according to Black, its inherent capacity to nurture authoritarianism.
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