21st Century Dissent: Anarchism, Anti-Globalization and Environmentalism (International Political Economy)

21st Century Dissent: Anarchism, Anti-Globalization and Environmentalism (International Political Economy)

Giorel Curran

Language: English

Pages: 264

ISBN: B01K0RPMNC

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Anarchism has seldom had good press, and anarchists have always faced resistance to their political philosophy. Despite this, 21st Century Dissent contends that anarchism has considerably influenced the modern political landscape. Giorel Curran explores the contemporary face of anarchism as expressed via environmental protests and the anti-globalization movement. She contends that anti-capitalist protest has propelled an invigorated - but reconceptualized - anarchism into the heart of 21st century dissent.

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another way. It helps define a new oppositional landscape that ‘resume[s] a battle now largely abandoned by established political parties of ‘the left’ (Burgmann 2003, 276). It is also a new oppositional landscape increasingly infused with anarchist ideas. Old, new and newest social movements All social movements are induced by their specific political climates and powered by the resources available to them. As products of explicit historical conjunctures and political configurations, social

prompted a workers’ movement leader to ponder whether any ‘political party, no matter how left-wing they are, has been able to take political power without succumbing to the dynamics of electoralism and moving to the right’ (in Shor 2006). These tensions mirror the tussle for the forum’s identity They raise the issue of how best to take the oppositional movement forward: whether the forum should cease being a ‘talking shop’ and begin ‘taking power’; whether it should abandon its distaste of

music, images and text, are interpreted as gifts of information. Bey too uncovers some interesting links. In 1991 he originally distinguished between the internet and the web (or ‘counter-Net’), finding within the internet a more horizontal and less hierarchic inner network he called the web. Like Starhawk (2003), he found the image of an organic and ecological web particularly appealing. More importantly, the web offered significant implementation opportunities for the TAZ. Through its capacity

account for some of the misanthropic and political quandaries it unwittingly unleashed – deep ecology still demands significant consciousness change and a new way of ‘being’ in the world. Its ‘organismic democracy’ emphasizes the interrelatedness of all living phenomena, attributing ‘equal importance to every component of the interlinked web of nature’ (Merchant 1992, 86). The operation of this ‘organismic democracy’ demands a new psychology and spirituality of self so that there is ‘a total

country despite the destruction the neoliberal project has brought to the Mexican society (Marcos 1996a, 121). The two forces of civil society and a corrupted Mexican state confront each other: ‘On the one hand there is their nation, their country, their Mexico. A plan for the nation that Power holds up with bloody hands, with law and legitimacy soiled by corruption and crime … the Mexico that belongs to Power’; on the other, civil society: ‘the only force that can save the country’ (Marcos

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