Monday, March 28, 2011

The Return of the Return of Anarchism


Seems like every other week (or at least whenever a bunch of people wearing black bandanas over their faces smash a window), some yahoo wants to tell me that anarchism is a "long-dead philosophy" just now "rising from the grave."

The latest variation on said theme comes from Abe Greenwald at Commentary. I respond at the Center for a Stateless Society:

Like those rumors of Mark Twain's death, recurring claims of anarchism’s demise and resurrection are greatly exaggerated. Greenwald misinterprets his own observations. It is not resurrection he sees, it's resurgence: A cyclical phenomenon driven primarily by the reliably recurring failure of the modern state to deliver on its most basic promises of peace, prosperity and respect for human rights.

Whole thing here.

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