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What's the difference between class struggle and social war?

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What are the benefits/drawbacks of each, and which is more relevant to the world we live in today?
asked Aug 14, 2012 by anonymous
http://anarchy101.org/2028/what-is-social-war

I maintain what I said previously.

2 Answers

+1 vote
only really good description of this i've ever seen.

social war: The narrative of “class struggle” developed beyond class to include the complexities and multiplicities of all social relations. Social war is conflict within all hierarchical social relations.
answered Aug 14, 2012 by sabotage (790 points)
i agree, "social war" implies a much broader scope than "class struggle". class struggle, like feminism (as typically embodied these days), seems to me a myopic perspective that focuses on a single aspect of "identity". i have no time for that, although obviously MANY still do.
This seems to sum it up pretty well.

The implication of "class struggle/class war" is that all war against hierarchy and domination revolves around class conflict, whereas "social war" implies a complex network of hierarchies and oppression that extends beyond property owners vs. wage laborers.
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From a very basic definition, we should also say that class struggle is social antagonism between classes.

Social war being in the same time a more general antagonism, against politcal parties, authority, the police, all kind of oppressions, and (so) a higher level of intensity in social conflictuality.

The fact is that now a day it's often only used as a concept to say "the struggle against all authority". The problem being that to many anarchists and autonomous from the 70s and the 80s, the term defined a kind of situation in which a certain level of intensity in social antagonism was rised.

Those who defend the idea that there is still a certain intensity level of antagonism in society, define a large scale of anonymous and both anarchist and non-anarchist actions and social conflictuality to put in evidence the fact that there is actually a social war.

Some others, including me, think that this is an interesting approach of the social background, but rather talk about a "low intensity" social war (if you use it to describe the social background, and not only as an anarchist concept) to discribe the actual situation (in france, for instance), as there always were violent conflictuality and class struggle clashes since the world is what it is. Capitalism, the State, the Kyriarchy of all dominations and oppressions.

Let's say that medium intensity would be when the general consensus and the normal order of things is broken, and high intensity would be such thing as the "insurrectionary" or "revolutionary" situation in terms of social war.
Of course, these terms aren't "water-tight", and subjective, and depend on contingent events.

But it's seems an interesting accuracy to me.
answered May 19, 2014 by okapy (2,120 points)
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