Social anarchism needs to take culture (and subculture) seriously.
Social Anarchist Futures
Anarchism used to be bursting with utopian imagination. We need to get that visionary impulse back, and then get it to work creating things.
Postmodernism in a Time of Monsters
As an intellectual movement, the record of postmodernism has been ... ambivalent. If you're unsure of what postmodernism is, and don't know what to make of it, don't worry, neither do most postmodernists. One philosopher, Jean-Francois Lyotard, once summed it up as "incredulity towards meta-narratives". In other words, a lack of faith in big ideas;... Continue Reading →
Why this Anarchist has Stopped Using the Word Communism (an overlong explanation)
In a world of paranoid red-baiting mania, the word communism is more trouble than it's worth.
Hiatus? What Hiatus?
About the lack of posts for the last VERY LONG TIME.
Social Ecology: A Quick Introduction
Social ecology is a critical theory coined by the late philosopher and political activist Murray Bookchin in the 1960s, and is associated with the pro-technology and directly-democratic side of the green movement. It conceives of human society and nonhuman nature needing to relate to each other in non-hierarchical and complementary ways, and can be seen... Continue Reading →
What is Solarpunk?
From the perspective of the early 21st century, things look pretty grim. A deadly cocktail of crises engulf the people of planet Earth and all other forms of biotic life which share it: a geopolitical crisis, an economic crisis, and a worsening ecological crisis due to global warming, which stems from a political-economic system that... Continue Reading →
A Social Anarchist Take on Captain America: Civil War
First of all, after the colossal disappointment that was Batman v Superman, Civil War is a welcome antidote to the residue of “stank” left over from Zack Snyder’s too-dark and meandering neocon mess of a superhero film. This movie proves to be just as good as the last Captain America movie, The Winter Soldier, and... Continue Reading →
Why “Social” Anarchism?
You may have wondered why I keep referring to social anarchism rather than just anarchism when I talk about the subject. Social anarchism is in fact what most who understand anarchism are referring to when they talk about "anarchism" without another word in front of or after it. It is an ethical-political traditional which (contrary... Continue Reading →
The Social Anarchist Conception of Freedom
It's hard to find a single political tradition that doesn't place "freedom", of some form or another, at the top of its list of values - from the far left to the far right. So what is the social anarchist position on freedom? Anarchists are libertarians, a term associated with freedom by its very etymology,... Continue Reading →