Anarchy Alive! Anti-Authoritarian Politics From Practice to by Uri Gordon

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 concept of latest anarchism. Uri Gordon attracts on his activist event and on interviews, discussions and an enormous number of contemporary literature to discover the actions, cultures and agendas shaping today’s explosive anti-authoritarian revival. Anarchy Alive! additionally addresses essentially the most demanding debates within the modern flow, utilizing a thought according to perform to provocatively reshape anarchist discussions of management, violence, expertise and nationalism.

This is the correct e-book for a person searching for a clean, educated and important engagement with anarchism, as a mature and dynamic political strength within the age of globalisation.

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For example, resistance to police repression or to the caging of refugees and illegal immigrants becomes anarchist when it is more broadly directed towards the state as such, the latter being the ultimate source of policing or of immigration policies. The concept of domination reflects anarchists’ commitments to decentralisation in the process of resistance. ). Thus the impulse to abolish domination is valorised in the diversity of its enactments, explaining the anarchist refrain according to which ‘the only real liberation is self-liberation’ and grounding its rejection of paternalism and vanguards.

This comes into sharp relief against the background of the ongoing antagonism between anarchism and authoritarian, Leninist forms of socialism. Far from an antiquated preoccupation, such antagonism is alive and well in the radical milieu since Leninist parties and their front-groups continue to maintain a very visible, manipulative and often obstructive presence in anti-capitalist and anti-war movements, particularly in the UK, US and Italy (SchNEWS 2001, Munson 2005). In this context, anarchists often argue that the horrific failures of Leninism are not due to the evil particular individuals (Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot…), nor to the adverse ‘objective’ circumstances in which such attempts were made and which led them to ‘degenerate’ (cf.

Gordon 01 intro 27 25/9/07 12:18:03 2 Anarchism Reloaded Network Convergence and Political Content That night we sat across from each other sipping tea and singing stories, weaving the past into our present; speaking of yesterday as if it had already been entered and meticulously recorded into the history books. I felt the philosophical knife of my life before and my life after Seattle slide deep into my skin. I had broken open; I was seeing new land with views of rebellion and courage, a glimpse that will be with me through the stories of repression and time and survival.

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