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James Bowen and Jonathan Purkis

Part III Being One of the ongoing attractions of anarchism is that it constantly raises questions about the nature of being in ways often sidelined or suppressed by other political perspectives. Why do people rebel against authority? Why do they also feel compelled to offer alternative solutions to collective problems through co-operation? How interrelated or separate are humans from nature, as well as from very different human cultures? To what extent are technological systems creating new forms of identity which are not necessarily liberatory? How can one

in Changing anarchism
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How anarchism still matters
Jonathan Purkis and James Bowen

Jonathan Purkis and James Bowen Conclusion: how anarchism still matters Introduction As possibly the most idealistic, complicated and contradictory political philosophy to have emerged from the Enlightenment, anarchism occupies a unique and under-acknowledged place in the history of ideas. The chapters in this volume have engaged with and critiqued much of what is taken by mainstream academics and commentators to be anarchism. In the era that we have called that of ‘global anarchism’, the classical anarchist canon has come under attack from a variety of

in Changing anarchism
Richard Cleminson

represented two important triumphs for their advocates: the resounding victory of Mendelian-inspired models of inheritance, and, the legitimization of state power, whether through the courts or via medicine or both, in the implementation of such a procedure. Elsewhere, however, as in many southern European states, practically the 114 Anarchism and eugenics reverse took place. Strong medical traditions invested in Lamarckism and socio-political dynamics heavily imbued with Catholicism or within which the Catholic Church retained huge symbolic and de facto power meant

in Anarchism and eugenics
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Hayyim Rothman

notoriously anti-religious and militantly atheist. Their Jewish followers, men like Joseph Boshover, characterized anarchism as ‘a world in which churches and synagogues become stables … a world of knowledge and not of faith (Boshover 1925 , 94–95);’ beyond neglecting tradition, they gleefully trampled it underfoot by hosting sacrilegious ‘Yom Kippur Balls (Margolis 2004 ).’ Therefore, the true wonder is that Rabbi Singer could have ambled over to Tlomackie Street and encountered what Hirschauge describes: a circle not simply of Jewish, but religious Jewish

in No masters but God
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Matthew S. Adams and Ruth Kinna

Franco-German hostility.3 Historians have explained the failure of this initiative to prevent the outbreak of war in 1914 in different ways, among which 2 Anarchism, 1914–18 ­ rganisational paralysis, the inability to overcome deep-seated pero sonal animosities, sectarianism and the apparently irresistible force of national patriotic appeals are frequently emphasised. Political miscalculation also played an important part: it is a commonplace to present the image of a socialist movement caught unawares by the outbreak of war in 1914. There is, however, general

in Anarchism, 1914–18
Jamie Heckert

this is because anarchism has traditionally focused on formal hierarchy, especially in the forms of the State and capital. Academically and politically, my primary interest is sexuality. By this I include sexual or erotic desires, behaviours and relationships. I often ask myself how I can justify putting my energy into sexuality. Climate change, nuclear weapons and other forms of environmental catastrophe could have disastrous effects for all forms of life on this planet. Capitalism, as a system of institutionalised competition, supports abuse of the individual

in Changing anarchism
Anarchism as a unique example
Dana M. Williams

1 Introduction to social movements: anarchism as a unique example The purpose of my life all has been focused on: helping everyone to have a spring, so that everyone’s heart will be bright, everyone will have a happy life, and everyone will have the freedom to develop in any way they want. (李尧棠 [Ba Jin])1 Today’s anarchist movements are not brand new, neither are they simple replicas or resurrections of old anarchist movements. They are reasonable – if not always predictable – descendants of previous anarchist movement iterations. While new in many of their foci

in Black flags and social movements
Michael Loadenthal

3 Insurrection as a post-millennial, clandestine, network of cells Revolt needs everything: paper and books, arms and explosives, reflection and swearing, poison, daggers and arson. The only interesting question is how to combine them. (Anonymous 2001a, 29) Is insurrectionism even anarchism? Prior to developing the history of the modern insurrectionary subject in this chapter, it is necessary to consider the historical and ideological tradition it is being descriptively embedded within, and to decide if insurrectionism is indeed anarchist in any meaningful way

in The politics of attack
Food Not Bombs, Homes Not Jails, and resistance to gentrification
Author: Sean Parson

On Labor Day in 1988 two hundred hungry and homeless people went to Golden Gate Park in search of a hot meal, while fifty-four activists from Food Not Bombs, surrounded by riot police, lined up to serve them food. The riot police counted twenty-five served meals, the legal number allowed by city law before breaking permit restrictions, and then began to arrest people. The arrests proceeded like an assembly line: an activist would scoop a bowl of food and hand it to a hungry person. A police officer would then handcuff and arrest that activist. Immediately, the next activist in line would take up the ladle and be promptly arrested. By the end of the day fifty-four people had been arrested for “providing food without a permit.” These arrests were not an aberration but part of a multi-year campaign by the city of San Francisco against radical homeless activists. Why would a liberal city arrest activists helping the homeless? In exploring this question, the book uses the conflict between the city and activists as a unique opportunity to examine the contested nature of urban politics, homelessness, and public space, while developing an anarchist alternative to liberal urban politics, which is rooted in mutual aid, solidarity, and anti-capitalism.

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Rethinking anarchist strategies
James Bowen

6 James Bowen Moving targets: rethinking anarchist strategies Introduction In the anarchist movement in Britain and across the world today, there are a number of reasonably prolific publishing projects and a few moderately successful groups and organisations. It is even true that the word anarchism has lost much of its popular perception as a source of terror and chaos, particularly in ‘anti-globalisation’ and environmental circles; but anarchism per se simply does not have an impact on the vast majority of the population. This is not to say that change is not

in Changing anarchism