By Giorel Curran
Anarchism has seldom had strong press, and anarchists have constantly confronted resistance to their political philosophy. regardless of this, 21st Century Dissent contends that anarchism has significantly motivated the fashionable political panorama. Giorel Curran explores the modern face of anarchism as expressed through environmental protests and the anti-globalization circulate. She contends that anti-capitalist protest has propelled an invigorated - yet reconceptualized - anarchism into the guts of twenty first century dissent.
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Publication Date: 2013-08-06
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Nonetheless, the resonance between anarchist and, for example, Foucauldian analyses illustrates well the contributions of postmodernism and poststructuralism to the broader discourse of domination. Even among anarchists distrustful of these new currents, there is a shared identiﬁcation of a ‘logic’ and practice of domination that wreaks considerable social and environmental havoc. After Foucault, there is also a shared recognition that power is not simply an expression of sovereignty but manifests in a variety of disciplinary practices.
Accordingly, when the state demands ‘that I be a man … it imposes being a man upon me as a duty’; to not assume the mantle of such ‘manhood’ is to invite punishment and estrangement, so that the ‘fear of man has taken the place of the old fear of God’ (Stirner 1995, 161, 165). Essence or essentialism hence becomes ‘the discourse through which political power operates’ (Newman 2002, 228). It is only from a non-essentialism, or emptiness, 38 21st Century Dissent that an individual can construct his/her identity.
Regardless of the era, however, it is the reproduction process itself that drives domination (Perlman 1969). Anarcho-primitivism opposes not only all systems and institutions but all power relations. ). They see technology as highly ideological, reﬂecting the values and goals of those who produce and wield it. It not only drives civilization but constructs it in the image of its masters. Technology thus becomes: … the sum of mediations between us and the natural world and the sum of those separations mediating us from each other … [and the source of] all the drudgery and toxicity required to produce and reproduce the state of hyper alienation we languish in.
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