Social anarchism needs to take culture (and subculture) seriously.
Anarchism used to be bursting with utopian imagination. We need to get that visionary impulse back, and then get it to work creating things.
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 →
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 →
Every era of liberatory movements comes with its own terminology, rhetoric, and iconography; largely emerging in response to whatever those movements are busy fighting against and what they want to counterpose to the reigning ideologies and practices of their day. Perhaps the most common term to see in popular left-wing discourse nowadays is social justice.... Continue Reading →
While social anarchists have always used the word autonomy – meaning self-directedness as well as free association – there’s been a certain ambivalence about the word democracy. This can be confusing for newcomers who start reading anarchist literature and see direct democracy being described as anarchistic in one book and lambasted in another. The... Continue Reading →
The aesthetic-cultural philosophy of solarpunk and the politics of social anarchism were practically made for each other. This site attempts to combine them. "The assumption that what currently exists must necessarily exist is the acid that corrodes all visionary thinking" – Murray Bookchin Solarpunk is a new science-fiction and cultural movement dedicated to imagining a... Continue Reading →