By Giorel Curran
Anarchism has seldom had reliable press, and anarchists have continuously confronted resistance to their political philosophy. regardless of this, 21st Century Dissent contends that anarchism has significantly prompted the fashionable political panorama. Giorel Curran explores the modern face of anarchism as expressed through environmental protests and the anti-globalization circulation. She contends that anti-capitalist protest has propelled an invigorated - yet reconceptualized - anarchism into the center of twenty first century dissent.
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But the ‘post’ inscription has two general meanings. The ﬁrst refers to a shorthand combination of post-structuralism and anarchism; and the second uses it to denote an anarchism that goes beyond (post) the ideological limitations that have restrained it. More generally, the term originates from Hakim Bey’s conception of ‘post-anarchism anarchy’ where he argued that anarchism’s doctrinal qualities were, paradoxically, driving away those most committed to its principles of autonomy and anti-authoritarianism.
One chapter cannot do justice to the breadth of anarchist thought, and fuller discussions of classical anarchism is left to the many excellent books that do just this. This allows us to devote more space to exploring the more recent developments within ‘new’ anarchism, as well as the tensions between social and individual anarchism – tensions that have recently reemerged in 19 20 21st Century Dissent the new anarchism. The chapter is thus divided into two main sections: old and new anarchism. While a useful organizational devise, such a distinction can obscure the signiﬁcant continuities between the two, and the fact that ‘new’ anarchism draws from ‘old’ or classical anarchism in direct and important ways.
No longer was the proletariat, or even the labour movement more generally, to dominate the politics of dissent. In short, anarchism – and postanarchism after it – drew considerable strength from Foucault’s proclamation that: … power in Western capitalism was denounced by Marxists as class domination; but the mechanics of power in themselves were never analysed. This task could only begin after 1968, that is to say on the basis of daily struggles at the grass roots level, among those whose ﬁght was located in the ﬁne meshes of the web of power (Foucault 1980, 116).