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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Extra info for 21st Century Dissent: Anarchism, Anti-Globalization and Environmentalism
The modern state has an unprecedented capacity for power and control, especially through its facility for surveillance and regulation. Its ‘relations of power’ are now ubiquitous and take many forms. As Foucault claims: One impoverishes the question of power if one poses it solely in terms of legislation and constitutions, in terms solely of the state and the state apparatus. Power is quite different from and more complicated, dense and pervasive than a set of laws and a state apparatus. It’s impossible to get the development of productive forces characteristic of capitalism if you don’t at the same time have apparatuses of power (Foucault 1980, 158).
In demonstrating the ubiquitous penetration of capitalism in all areas of lived experience, they contended that its dominance could only be challenged by a transformed, post-Marxist approach to social change. The postmodernists and poststructuralists that followed them went considerably further in condemning the whole modernist project itself. Modernity’s political quest was nothing less than the transformation of human society, typiﬁed by such revolutionary slogans as ‘liberty, fraternity, equality’.
Proudhon 1989, 294) Of course it is in the strategies for overthrowing such oppression that considerable disagreement emerges, with different anarchist groups championing their preferred tactics against a range of other comers. While it is not the intention of this chapter to step into classiﬁcatory complexities, some disentangling is necessary. We begin our discussion with classical or ‘old’ anarchism before exploring the intricacies of its new face. Old anarchism: classical debates A prominent contemporary anarchist, Noam Chomsky, names his anarchism as one steeped in the classical tradition.
21st Century Dissent: Anarchism, Anti-Globalization and Environmentalism by Giorel Curran (auth.)