Rules Without Rulers: The Possibilities and Limits of Anarchism

Rules Without Rulers: The Possibilities and Limits of Anarchism

by Matthew Wilson

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ISBN-13: 9781782790075
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 08/29/2014
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Matthew Wilson is a political activist with a PhD in Political Philosophy. He lives in Lancaster, UK.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction 1

In the Margins, or on the Front-Line? 6

Winch Anarchism? 7

Defining the Anarchist Common Sense 8

Chapter 1 The Case for Anarchy: Unhelpful Assumptions & Unchallenged Ideas 14

Pockets of Anarchy 16

The Global Justice Movement 17

Absolute Anarchy: Life in Primitive Societies 19

Anarchy in Spain 20

Anarchy in Action: A Critical Response 22

Pockets of Anarchy. The Global justice Movement 24

Absolute Anarchy: Life in Primitive Societies 26

Anarchy in Spain 30

Anarchy in Action: Some Lessons 35

The Anarchist Opposition to Blueprints: Trifling Details, or Necessary Reflections? 36

Conclusions 42

Chapter 2 Fanatical Lovers of Liberty? Anarchism and the Limits of Freedom 45

Freedom: A 'perplexingly polymorphous notion.' Anarchist Freedom: An Overview 48

Freedom as Rejection of the State/Authority 51

Anarchist Freedom: Positive or Negative? 52

Equal-Liberty 55

Anarchy and Anti-Social Behaviour 60

Can Mutual Aid Protect Us? 66

Temporary, and Tranquil, Autonomous Zones 68

What is Crime Anyway? 70

Conclusions 73

Chapter 3 It's Good to be Free… But are we Free to be Bad? Ethics & More Limits of Freedom 77

Anarchist Approaches to Ethics: Peter Kropotkin and Murray Bookchin 80

Human Nature and Mutual Aid 84

Prefiguration: Which Means, to What Ends? 87

Anarchist Approaches to Ethics, Continued 88

Escape from Ethics 90

Liberalism and Anarchism 94

Neutrality Explained & Critiqued 97

Value Conflict, without the State 100

Anarchist Freedom: The story so far 103

Freedom in Diversity? 105

Conclusions 109

Chapter 4 The Power of Community, for Better and for Worse: The Unavoidable Consequences of Power 111

The Postanarchist View of Anarchism, and the Poststructural View of Power

A Response to the Postanarchist Critique: The Anarchist View of Power 119

The Implications of Power without the State 124

Jo Freeman and 'The Tyranny of Structurelessness.' 126

Beyond Horse Power: How the. Power of the Car has Shaped Contemporary Lives 133

Conclusions 141

Chapter 5 From Majority Rule to the Tyranny of One: Conflict & Consensus Decision Making 143

The Principles & Processes of Consensus Decision Making. Inspirational, but how Viable? 148

Consensus: A Dissenting Voice… A Tyranny of one 150

Consensus and the Common Good 153

Standing Aside; the Unavoidable Consequences of Decisions 155

Agreeing to Disagree… At a Reasonable Distance 160

Duty, Responsibility, and Care 164

The Successes of Consensus? 167

Conclusions 169

Chapter 6 Melting the Snow: How Anarchism Prefigures Anarchy 172

Prefiguration: What, When and How? 174

Social Prefiguration: Building the New Society 179

Personal Prefiguration; No Gods, No Masters … No Excuses 187

Lifestyle Politics: Revolutionary, or Reformist? 189

Responsibility in an Unjust World 193

Rethinking Blue-prints: Positive Visions or Authoritarian Models? 197

Conclusions 202

Conclusion: Rules without Rulers? 204

Bibliography 208

Endnotes 220

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