'Prefuturist Anarchism'

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Jun 5 2010 15:23
'Prefuturist Anarchism'

By chance I read two interrelated articles recently: “Prefuturist anarchsim” in the Black Flag, and “Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism - An Unbridgeable Gap” (Both picked up at the Sheffield book fair.)

Having read the two, I have to say I find Bookchin's arguments more convincing.

Not to be mistaken: I have no problem with people building straw bale buildings or trying to live in environmentally sustainable ways or whatever, in fact I'm glad that people are exploring these avenues, but I fail to see a strong link between that and Anarchic Socialism: rebuilding the very structures of economy and society.

The risk is that people who follow particular lifestyle choices like this are often very keen to make an issue of them under the banner of Anarchism to the extent that the public face of Anarchism becomes a synthesis of these choices (and bank smashing). In so far as the majority of the population has no direct interest in living in a straw bale house, or being vegan, eschewing fossil fuel motors or whatever, then this image is quite possibly detrimental to revolutionary social anarchism and helps marginalise it all the more.

What do we want people to understand about Anarchism? That it's about alternative lifestyles, or that it's about radical change in the realm of political/economic relationships?

I know which I'd go for.

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Jun 5 2010 20:06
Tommy Ascaso wrote:
The Prefuturist Anarchism article's online here and there's a discussion with the author at the end of it.

Thanks. I'll take a look.

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Jun 9 2010 19:38
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What do we want people to understand about Anarchism? That it's about alternative lifestyles, or that it's about radical change in the realm of political/economic relationships?

I sure would go for a "radical change in the realm of political/economic relationships" but not for the sake of it, but because it's the only way for deep "lifestyle" changes. lifestyles that would not be just alternative, but the reality for every people choosing freely how to live in the conditions of more harmonious relationships. not just alternative to capital but a massive replacement of it. and that means class struggle.