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what is post left anarchism

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i get confussed when i hear the words post left and individualism , are there some good book i can read to better understand anarchy .

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asked Mar 10, 2012 by archangel (210 points)
edited Apr 12, 2014 by dot
ALC's comment links to one good starting point, in addition, here's some more stuff to check out:


In addition, I would add "Willful Disobedience" by Wolfi Landstreicher & the collection "Enemies of Society" for more on individualist/egoist thought. Both are published by Ardent Press and available for purchase through http://www.littleblackcart.com, though I am pretty sure most of what makes up the content of each is available free at http://www.theanarchistlibrary.org. Which is worth checking out in general, if you haven't.

These could be good starting points, I hope they help!
Also archangel, could you please tag your question so it cross-references better? Possibly with "post-left" and "individualism," though there might be other relevant ones as well.
A cunning ruse!

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1 Answer

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the link that ALC gives is to an answer he wrote that would be better posted here. in fact, here it is:

Post-left anarchy has developed thought in six main areas:

1. The Left
-critiquing the Left as nebulous, anachronistic, distracting, a failure, and at key points a counterproductive force historically ("the left-wing of capital")
-critiquing Leftist activists for political careerism, celebrity culture, self-righteousness, privileged vanguardism, and martyrdom
-critiquing the tendency of Leftists to insulate themselves in academia, scenes, and cliques while also attempting to opportunistically manage struggles

2. Ideology
-a Stirner-esque critique of dogma and ideological thinking as a distinct phenomenon in favor of "critical self-theory" at individual and communal levels

3. Morality
-a moral nihilist critique of morality / reified values / moralism

4. Organizationalism
-critiquing permanent, formal, mass, mediated, rigid, growth-focused modes of organization in favor of temporary, informal, direct, spontaneous, intimate forms of relation
-critiquing Leftist organizational patterns' tendencies toward managerialism, reductionism, professionalism, substitutionism, and ideology
-critiquing the tendencies of unions and Leftist organizations to mimic political parties, acting as racketeers/mediators, with cadre-based hierarchies of theoretician & militant or intellectual & grunt, defailting toward institutionalization, and ritualizing a meeting-voting-recruiting-marching pattern

5. Identity Politics
-critiquing identity politics insofar as it preserves victimization-enabled identities and social roles (i.e. affirming rather than negating gender, class, etc.) and inflicts guilt-induced paralysis, amongst others
-critiquing single-issue campaigns or orientations

6. Values
-moving beyond anarchISM as a static historical praxis into anarchY as a living praxis
-focussing on daily life and the intersectionality thereof rather than dialectics / totalizing narratives (except anarcho-primitivists tend toward epistemology)
-emphasizing personal autonomy and a rejection of work (as forced labor, alienated labor, workplace-centricity)
-critiquing Enlightenment notions of Cartesian dualities, rationalism, humanism, democracy, utopia, etc.
-critiquing industrial notions of mass society, production, productivity, efficiency, "Progress", technophilia, civilization (esp. in anti-civilization tendencies)
answered May 26, 2012 by dot (52,130 points)
good call, dot. that is a solid set of talking points regarding a post-left perspective.

i don't see alc post here much anymore, too bad.
yea, i miss his writing/perspective too. :(