Anarchism and Political Theory: Contemporary Problems

By Uri Gordon

Anarchist Library




Contemporary Anarchism: A first look

Two Agendas

Between Philosophy and Participatory Research


Part I. Explaining Anarchism

Chapter 1: What Moves the Movement?

Anarchism as a Political Culture

The A-word

From Networks to Political Culture

Forms of organisation

Campaigning and direct action repertoires

Discursive aspects

Broader cultural attributes

The Role of Identity

Old-school and New-school

Chapter 2: Threads of Resistance

Tracing the Genealogy of Contemporary Anarchism

Defeat and Stagnation

An Haphazard Rebirth

An International Movement

Chapter 3: What Anarchists Want

The Logic of Anti-Authoritarian Political Language

Struggle Against Domination

Prefigurative politics

Open — Ended Politics

Part II: Anarchist Anxieties

Chapter 4: Power and Equality

Leadership and Power in Anarchist Organising, Part One

“But we don’t have leaders…”

From Leadership to Power

Power-over as Domination

Power-to and Power as Influence

Power-with or power-among

Equality and “Activist Resources”

Chapter 5: Power, Invisibility and Solidarity

Leadership and Power in Anarchist Organising, Part Two


Between Enforcement and Coercion

Anarchism and Democracy

The Tyranny of Structurelessness Reconsidered


The Forum and the Campfire

Power and Solidarity

Chapter 6: Beyond “Diversity of Tactics”

Re-assessing the Anarchist Debate on Violence

Contextualising the Present Debate

Messy Definitions

Limits to Justification

Empowerment, Revenge and Armed Struggle

Chapter 7: Luddites and Hackers

Defining a Broad-Based Anarchist Politics of Technology

Anarchists and Technology

Domination and the Technological Complex

Anarchist Concerns

The Case of Nanotechnology

Actualising the Critique


Hacking, Cracking and E-Piracy

Reviving Creativity, Lo-Tech

Chapter 8: Unholy Land

Anarchism, Nationalism and Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Anarchism and Nationalism

“Supporting” Statehood?

Three Threads of Intervention

Linking Issues

Non-violent Direct Action

Grassroots Peace-making



Categories: Anarchism/Anti-State

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