By Giorel Curran (auth.)

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

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It drew the ‘best’ from competing ideologies, including liberalism, to assemble its utopian sweep. When the Soviet communist project began crumbling, well before 1989, the New Left began reassessing leftist orthodoxy (Fromm 1942; Marcuse 1964; Habermas 1970; Adorno & Horkheimer 1972; Adorno 1973; Horkheimer 1974; Fromm 1976). In the process they drew considerably from the insights of anarchism. Herbert Marcuse’s One Dimensional Man (1964) and Jurgen Habermas’s Towards a Rational Society (1970) proved particularly compelling in their critique of industrial society.

In the process they drew considerably from the insights of anarchism. Herbert Marcuse’s One Dimensional Man (1964) and Jurgen Habermas’s Towards a Rational Society (1970) proved particularly compelling in their critique of industrial society. In demonstrating the ubiquitous penetration of capitalism in all areas of lived experience, they contended that its dominance could only be challenged by a transformed, post-Marxist approach to social change. The postmodernists and poststructuralists that followed them went considerably further in condemning the whole modernist project itself.

Under its broad umbrella we can include some poststructuralist anarchisms, anarcho-primitivism (although not all post-leftists are primitivists) and Bey’s ontological anarchism, each discussed in turn below. Bob Black is often identified as a key defender of post-leftism and his Anarchy After Leftism (1997) is considered a seminal work in the area. His condemnation of work (1986) as a site of discipline and control is probably better known, however. As a broad idea or tendency, post-leftism highlights an important development in contemporary anarchist theory and practice.

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