Deepening Anarchism: International Relations and the Anarchist Ideal

By Alex Prichard
Anarchist practice is localist and anarchist theory has generally followed in itsdisregard for the structures of global politics and the ways in which these underminethe possibility of the anarchist ideals. In this paper I set out one set of reasons as to why this state of affairs has come about and go back to the origins of anarchistthought to see if we can make sense of this contemporary context. I argue that abetter understanding, a founding schism between Proudhon’s revolutionaryconservatism and Bakunin’s revolutionary pan-Slavism can help us think throughhow we might consider ‘the international’ with greater sophistication vis-à-visanarchist praxis. What I will argue is that Bakunin’s position has stood the test of time within the anarchist movement, but that this is an unfortunate and counter- productive state of affairs.

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