Anarchy After the Death of the Left

  • Posted on: 16 February 2017
  • By: thecollective

open public talk by Paul Z. Simons from Anarchy (a Journal for Desire Armed)

Saturday 18/2/2017 starts at 18.00

Free Self Organised Theater EMBROS (R.Palamidi 2 – Psiris- Athens)

The presentation will include a detailed discussion of post-left anarchism, one of the main anarchist tendencies in the United States. The historical context will be presented as well as the basic critiques on Left. These critiques include topics like the dead ends of leftist forms of organization, the persistence of the left to authority- hierarchy and governance, the role of the left political parties to the social movements, the fetishization of work, conceptual incoherence of the left intellectuals, empirical refutation, reification, the teleology of the Left and its resemblance to Christian ideas. The basic ideas associated with Post-Left Anarchism will be discussed including work as play, Critical-Self-Theory and the emancipated Self, anti-civilization, insurrectionary tactics for our era, Immediatism, Max Stirner, individualism and Nihilst Communism will also be presented. Finally, the possible lessons of Rojava and the social experiment in Northern Syria for a Post-Left perspective will be discussed, particularly as regards democracy, and the commune form of organization beyond the logic of the left.

Talk will be in English with Greek translation

organised by VOID NETWORK



I wonder if Simons will include a few remarks about the future of the social experiment in Rojava?

If I had read this post in its entirety, I would not have asked the question about Rojava.Rojava is not so much a post-left arrangement as it is a non-left situation,because it never had a left tradition with which to contend.Hopefully,ANEWS will post a transcript of this speech by Simons.

voidnetwork is going to post a video of the presentation soon. It went well, was packed and there were a lot of great questions. Given the nature of the Greek economy and the very real push by the government post-WWII to make everyone a small shop owner--esp new arrivals from the countryside, the idea of class--and most of the leftist fauna--was easily rejected years ago. Though anarchists love ideology as much as the next tendency. The real pressure by IMF, and the Euro-neoliberals has pushed many anarchists to rethink the whole sacred anarchist panoply in favor a teary that addresses reality now, not 110 years ago. On the positive side the Greek comrades are passionate about debate, discussion, and public dialogue. We have much to learn from them.

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