By Uri Gordon
Anarchist politics are on the center of today’s such a lot shiny and radical social events. From squatted social centres and group 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 adventure and on interviews, discussions and an unlimited number of fresh 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 in line with perform to provocatively reshape anarchist discussions of management, violence, know-how and nationalism.
This is the perfect publication for someone trying to find a clean, trained and significant engagement with anarchism, as a mature and dynamic political strength within the age of globalisation.
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This book is primarily concerned with the latter kind of anarchism, but this is not to place it on one or the other side of an artificial division. While the distinction of genres is by itself valid, it should not be taken to mean a sectarian attitude. There certainly exists solidarity and cooperation between many old-school and new-school groups, and in some local milieus anarchists of both orientations work together regularly and smoothly (see Franks 2006). Ultimately, the capital-A versus small-a distinction is a limited concept, which actually stands in for the issue of sectarianism itself.
Who are these capital-A anarchists? The only group Graeber mentions is the North Eastern Federation of Anarchist Communists (NEFAC), an American anarchist federation inspired by the Organisational Platform of the Libertarian Communists. The Platform, created by Nestor Makhno and other anarchist exiles in 1926, calls for anarchist organisations based on Theoretical Unity, Tactical Unity, Collective Action and Discipline, and Federalism (Makhno et al. 1926, cf. Malatesta 1927). Proceeding through guilt by association, however, we note that NEFAC is a member of International Libertarian Solidarity (ILS – http://www.
The first is based on an interpretation of anarchist expression today, which I suggest is best approached from the outside in. On the outside are three basic markers, or first-order clusters of concepts, that define the anarchist language game. These are domination, prefigurative politics, and diversity/open-endedness – the discussion of which structures the present chapter. Within these markers, however, there is a great deal of space for creativity and indiscipline. Anarchist ideas are constantly reframed and recoded in response to world events, political alliances and trends in direct-action culture, evolving through intense flows of communication and discussion, and through innumerable experiences and experiments.
Anarchy Alive! Anti-Authoritarian Politics From Practice to Theory by Uri Gordon