Submitted by subrosa in Anarchism

Recently discovered that Benjamin Tucker translated Chernyshevsky's What is to be done? and then serialized it, giving it plenty good pages of the most-read anarchist paper in the states. He reported on nihilists as much as on communists, but focused his attacks on the latter.

And, of course, Voltairine de Cleyre has met some Nihilists.

Today, the worst critic of nihilism (and of Aragorn! relocating anarchism) would claim their anarchism to be roughly in Tucker's and de Cleyre's tradition. The louder "market anarchism" voices on reddit would have believe a similar incompatibility of nihilism and (American type) individualism.

And things complicate when you entertain the idea that the Russian nihilist's materialism, being revolutionaries, and love for science, at its core shares a language with communism.

But what you see today is mostly anti-civs, and make total destroy insurrectionaries picking it up. Claiming it.

There's plenty complexity in the history and the many ways you could map it all out, a good amount of which I have no clue about. But nonetheless, it's fascinating how anarchism keeps throwing me these twists and turns at me. Nihilism makes for wild encounters in anarchism.



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stagn wrote (edited )

Ther are some anarchist illegalist and nihilist that already a century ago were very close to "modern" concepts like: "anti-civ", "pure negation"... An example is renzo novatore , some is stuff are similar to the "modern" anarcho-nihilism and clearly have heavily influenced it.

....But today the twilight is red... The sunset is covered with blood... We are close to the tragic celebration of the great >social dusk. Already, on the bells of history, time >has struck the first predawn strokes of a new day. Enough, enough, enough!
It is the hour of the social tragedy! We will destroy laughing. We will set fires laughing. We will kill laughing. We will expropriate laughing. And society will fall. The fatherland will fall. The family will fall. All will fall after the free man is born. The one is born who has learned the Dionysian >art of joy and laughter through tears and sorrow. The hour has come to drown the enemy in blood... The hour has come to wash our minds in blood. ......


subrosa OP wrote

There we have it, a connection to egoists. Might as well close the loop with Tucker going full egoist in later years.

All these isms aren't worth a pair of boots!


subrosa OP wrote

my English is getting worse, lol