21st Century Dissent: Anarchism, Anti-Globalization and by Giorel Curran (auth.)

By Giorel Curran (auth.)

21st Century Dissent contends that anarchism has significantly stimulated the fashionable political panorama. Curran explores the modern face of anarchism as expressed through environmental protests and the anti-globalization movement.

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While generally rejecting the base and superstructural relationship of the state as espoused by Marx- Anarchism Old and New 27 ism, communitarians do at least agree with Marx that the capitalist state is an immensely oppressive force. For anarchists, this is the very state that prevents the development of freedom, cooperation and responsibility in human beings. But any group, including Marx’s proletarian ‘freedom-fighters’, that assumes even the temporary reins of statist power will be inevitably corrupted.

The damage symbolic culture does is in the filtering of ‘our entire perception through formal and informal symbols’ so that the world begins to be experienced purely through ‘the lens of representation’ (2004, 36). Even Chomsky, wearing his other hat of renowned linguistics professor, is condemned by Zerzan for submitting that language development is an inherent, distinctive and marvellous human trait. The primitivist sympathizer Bob Black concurs, condemning Chomsky’s ‘scholastic obtuseness’ and ‘Cartesian linguistic theory’.

To regain their power, individuals need to shake themselves loose from externally imposed subjectivities and begin afresh. Newman thus contends that Stirner ‘was one of the first to consider the question of self-repression’ and the state’s reliance ‘on our willingness to let it dominate us’ (Newman 2002, 229). For Stirner, the control of desire becomes one of the state’s ultimate weapons, and conversely human liberation lies is the reclamation of desire. For individualists the retrieval of individuality – one’s ego – becomes the ultimate revolutionary act.

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