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By Uri Gordon

Anarchist politics are on the middle of today’s such a lot shiny and radical social pursuits. 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 idea of up to date anarchism. Uri Gordon attracts on his activist adventure and on interviews, discussions and an enormous number of fresh literature to discover the actions, cultures and agendas shaping today’s explosive anti-authoritarian revival. Anarchy Alive! additionally addresses one of the most demanding debates within the modern flow, utilizing a conception in line with perform to provocatively reshape anarchist discussions of management, violence, know-how and nationalism.

This is the perfect booklet for somebody trying to find a clean, knowledgeable and demanding engagement with anarchism, as a mature and dynamic political strength within the age of globalisation.

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The breadth and diversity of what could ‘count’ as anarchist expression is indeed hard to place in bounds. But this is precisely why there is such an advantage in looking at anarchism as a political culture. The concept of political culture allows us to approach anarchism from the ground up, putting organisation, action and lifestyle on the same footing with ideas and theories. We can thus separate anarchism from any expectation of a fixed dogma or precise ideology, overcoming at least some of the anxieties associated with the A-word.

The post-war economic boom in Western Europe and the US saw the welfare state domesticate much of social struggle, while the Gordon 01 intro 29 25/9/07 12:18:04 30 Anarchy Alive! Cold War pitted Western capitalism against Eastern communism in a bi-polar international system, creating a political imagination in which the anarchist option of ‘neither Washington nor Moscow’ was rendered invisible. In the global South, anti-colonial struggles were for most part nationalist or Marxist, though there were clear anarchist influences on leaders like Mohandas Gandhi and Julius Nyerere (Marshall 1992: 422–7, Mbah and Igariwey 2001, Adams 2002b).

It also finds resonance with the insurrectionist / illegalist / eminently possibilist stream of anarchism, which is prominent in Italy and Greece and has made cross-overs to the US (cf. Bonanno 1998, Anonymous7 2001). On this approach, self-realisation goes hand in hand with intelligent destructive attack on all sources of the individual’s oppression: We fight exploitation and domination, because we do not want to be exploited or ruled. Our selfish generosity recognizes that our own self-realization can only Gordon 01 intro 39 25/9/07 12:18:05 40 Anarchy Alive!

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