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Anarchism has seldom had solid press, and anarchists have regularly confronted resistance to their political philosophy. regardless of this, 21st Century Dissent contends that anarchism has significantly encouraged the fashionable political panorama. Giorel Curran explores the modern face of anarchism as expressed through environmental protests and the anti-globalization circulation. She contends that anti-capitalist protest has propelled an invigorated - yet reconceptualized - anarchism into the guts of twenty first century dissent.

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Bookchin’s social ecology, draws substantially, if critically, from Kropotkin and the communitarian anarchists and offers a similar vision of an enlightened future. As discussed in Anarchism Old and New 29 Chapter 6, for Bookchin the ‘good’ society becomes the ecological society, thus the neologism: eco-anarchism. The tensions and debates between anarchism and Marxism, and between the social and individual anarchists, simmered over a number of tumultuous decades. Anarcho-communism and anarcho-syndicalism were sustained by the pressures communism continued to exert on its capitalist nemesis, as well as by the successes of the Spanish anarchosyndicalist experiments of the mid-1930s.

The claim is that the brutality of the communist experiment exposed an ideology driven by a relentless and repressive architecture. Anarchists had always warned against the dangers of such authoritarianism, but social anarchists, by and large, still upheld the principle of collectivism, ignoring, according to Black, its inherent capacity to nurture authoritarianism. Post-leftism thus denounces both ideological authoritiarianism and the collective organizational culture in which it breeds. Class, collective and revolutionary organizations were often transformed into the new tools of domination, eventually overtaking the repressive organizations they sought to replace.

The modernism that resulted was positivistic, technocratic and rationalistic. Viewed in this way, postmodernism was a rebellion against the anthropocentric, androcentric and ethnocentric sensibilities of modernism. These insights collected in the new social movements and particularly the green movement, as well as stimulating new theoretical developments within anarchist thought itself. Increasingly, modernism’s universal and essentialist claims were challenged, as was the instrumental rationality that drove them.

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