By Giorel Curran (auth.)
21st Century Dissent contends that anarchism has significantly stimulated 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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As discussed in Anarchism Old and New 29 Chapter 6, for Bookchin the ‘good’ society becomes the ecological society, thus the neologism: eco-anarchism. The tensions and debates between anarchism and Marxism, and between the social and individual anarchists, simmered over a number of tumultuous decades. Anarcho-communism and anarcho-syndicalism were sustained by the pressures communism continued to exert on its capitalist nemesis, as well as by the successes of the Spanish anarchosyndicalist experiments of the mid-1930s.
By internalizing the mechanisms of repression, the individual, rather than an external state, exercises domination: ‘a master is a thing made by the servant. If submissiveness ceased, it would be all over with [the state’s] lordship’ (1995, 175). Since individuals ‘cooperate’ in their own oppression, their ultimate insurrectionary act is to reclaim their desires. Such claims preﬁgured Foucauldian and Situationist analyses, as discussed in a subsequent section. Despite Stirner’s rejection of capitalism, his ‘breed’ of hyper individualism was seen as fuelling the individualist anarcho-capitalist position, a position that took ﬁrm root in the United States.
A transformational politics – which he claims postanarchism to be – challenges the politics of representation and understands that power is multiplicitous. Like Newman, he identiﬁes an essentialist tendency as classical anarchism’s central weakness, although how he reconciles a non-essentialism with an anarchist practice that is ‘universal in scope’ becomes more problematic (see Glavin 2004, 3). Sharing similarities with both Bey’s ‘post-anarchism’ anarchy and May’s poststructural anarchism, Newman ﬂeshes out his postanarchism considerably.