This is the fifth installment of the series Deconstructing Anarchy. You can check out the rest of the series here: PART 1, PART 2, PART 3, PART 4.

Some of the most complicated questions for the contemporary left are imagining a future under capitalism, a new way to imagine political engagement, a change of culture, and the way forward for socialist movements in a post-capitalist world. It seems impossible, it seems out of reach, it seems so alien, foreign, otherworldly, and outside the bounds of the imagination. But, as has been characteristic of our late-capitalist conditions, it is our imaginations…

NOTE: This is Part 4 in a series called “Deconstructing Anarchy. The first three parts of this series can be found here, here, and here.

How do we separate “practice” from “theory?”

These questions are dividing lines in the separation of anarchists from Marxists with the overarching goal of moving beyond capitalism and towards socialism. However, beyond this leftist goal, the frameworks appear much differently and get to the heart of how anarchists and Marxists approach the transition to socialism, and the ways in which they remain similar, and, at once, opposed to one another in the struggles against capitalism…

NOTE: This is part 3 in a series called “Deconstructing Anarchy.” You can find the first part HERE, and the second part HERE.

Who is sovereign?

What is sovereignty?

The question of “sovereignty” is at the heart of the question of anarchism. As we discussed in the first two parts of the series, sovereignty comes up as in the first translation of anarchism by Proudhon as the absence of a master, of a sovereign, and also addressed by Graeber in his argument for primitive democracy. …

NOTE: This is Part 2 in a series called “Deconstructing Anarchy. The first part of this series can be found here.

Before we move forward, we should trace the word: anarchy. Etymologically, ‘anarchy’ is already wrapped up with contradiction and ambiguity. These building blocks are already defined by a previous set of preconceptions, and meaning is obscured and obfuscated by time, place, and situation. The translation is an act of disentangling the word from history.

Let’s look at ‘anarchy’. Anarchy comes from the Ancient Greek anarkhos or, in Latin, anarchos. Anarkhos translates an as not, lacking or without — and…

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

NOTE: this is the first part of a series called “Deconstructing Anarchy.”

“As man seeks justice in equality, so society seeks order in anarchy.”

― Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, What Is Property?

To arrive at ‘anarchy’. To stand before it, outside of it, to observe it as if it were an object, is to arrive at an absence. An absence of a sovereign. An absence of order. The absence of an order. And yet, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, the first person to declare himself an anarchist, sees the exact opposite within anarchy. Instead, there are all the defining features of the Enlightenment and scientific…

If you were a teenager in the early naughts, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” was a breath of fresh air. Surrounded by boy bands and divas, Good Charlotte was an alternative to the doldrums of celebrity culture and a rallying cry against the superficial and materialistic. For some, it might have even been your first brush with class-consciousness, introducing a new generation to criticism of an out-of-touch aristocracy.

Here, I want to look at Good Charlotte. Their influence on American pop culture, Benji and Joel Madden’s class interests, and their career arc. What’s most interesting to me is how…

Corporate anti-capitalism wouldn’t matter if it couldn’t be differentiated from an authentic anti-capitalist movement. Yet, even before its momentum was stalled by the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, the so called anti-capitalist movement seemed also to have conceded too much to capitalist realism. …

The music is way up there on the list, but the most important thing to come out of this “psychedelic scene” is the culture. A culture that is supportive of the music and supportive of each other. Psyche music was all leading to something else. It’s not about drugs, it’s about a community of open-minded people with open eyes and open hearts that are actively seeking information and seeking the truth.

Alex Maas of The Black Angels

Like the counterculture movements in the 1960s and 70s, the Anti-War movement of the mid-2000s was driven by middle-class grievances. For the most…

Everyone knows that there has always been a deep affinity between the working class and the aristocracy. Fundamentally aspirational, working class culture is foreign to the levelling impulse of bourgeois culture — and of course this can be politically ambivalent, since if aspiration is about the pursuit of status and authority, it will confirm and vindicate the bourgeois world.

  • Mark Fisher, “K-Punk, or the Glampunk Art Pop Discontinuum”

In “K-Punk, or the Glampunk Art Pop Discontinuum,” Mark Fisher argues that glam was pop music’s return to a working class and away from the middle class hippies of the 60s and…

The coronavirus epidemic confronts us with two opposed figures that prevail in our daily lives: those like medical staff and carers, who are overworked to the point of exhaustion, and those who have nothing to do since they are forcibly or voluntarily confined to their homes.

The line that divides us during the coronavirus pandemic is an arbitrary boundary enforced by the State. This line has the effect of dividing workers: the people inside and the people outside. The people who already inside hear the police telling them to stay inside, or the people working that drive by the police…

Steven Klett

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