By Giorel Curran
Anarchism has seldom had stable press, and anarchists have continually confronted resistance to their political philosophy. regardless of this, 21st Century Dissent contends that anarchism has significantly inspired the fashionable political panorama. Giorel Curran explores the modern face of anarchism as expressed through environmental protests and the anti-globalization move. She contends that anti-capitalist protest has propelled an invigorated - yet reconceptualized - anarchism into the guts of twenty first century dissent.
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This means dedication to free market capitalism, and has no connection with the rest of the international anarchist movement … As far as I can see, the workers’ movements [in the US] which didn’t call themselves anarchist, were closer to the main strain of European anarchism than many of the people in the US who called themselves anarchists … If we go back to the labor activism from the early days of the industrial revolution … it’s got a real anarchist strain to it. The never heard of European anarchism, never heard of Marx, or anything like that.
In fact, I would hold that Kropotkin’s basic argument is correct. Struggle does occur in many modes, and some lead to cooperation among members of a species as the best pathway to advantage for individuals. If Kropotkin over-emphasised mutual aid, most Darwinians in Western Europe had exaggerated competition just as strongly. If Kropotkin drew inappropriate hope for social reform from his concept of nature, other Darwinians had erred just as ﬁrmly (and for motives that most of us would now decry) in justifying imperial conquest, racism, and oppression of industrial workers as the harsh outcome of natural selection in the competitive model.
While individual anarchism, or a US brand of ‘libertarianism’, took root in the United States, it was an altogether different experience in Europe. European anarchists usually attached a descriptive qualiﬁer to their political brand. They were not simply libertarians, but usually libertarian socialists or some such, keen to distinguish themselves from their US counterparts who readily mixed capitalism with their libertarianism. As Chomsky (in Chomsky & Vodovnik 2004) points out: 26 21st Century Dissent The individualist anarchism [of] … Stirner and others, is one of the roots of – among other things – the so-called ‘libertarian’ movement in the US.