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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism was a controversial book when it came out and is even more controversial now, though for very different reasons. It presented a revised theoretical framework for anarchism which: Painted it as a global, rather than Euro-American tradition Pointed out that syndicalism can be considered an... Continue Reading →
While dwelling on the state of the world during the combination of COP21 – determining the future fate of the human species – and the worsening chaos in southwest Asia (with the Rojava Revolution being the only beacon of light) I was trying to cobble together in my head what some viable solutions to the... Continue Reading →