Submitted by Potkea in Cringe

Free Cities: Communalism and the Left is chock full of Bookchin worshiping democracy and majoritarian authority, pushing "government without a state" B.S., and calling anarchism individualistic and liberal.

My God is it cringe.



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subrosa wrote

Throughout the writings of the canonical theorists militant assertions of individual liberty abound. Proudhon hardly requires much elucidation on this score – some of his most basic “social” ideas are built around entirely bourgeois concepts of individualism. Bakunin and Kropotkin, to be sure, criticized “Individualists” at great length, but my view is that their own ideas were themselves essentially individualistic, often overlaid with socialist ideas – and that the “collectivist” or “communist” overlay stood in utter contradiction to their individualistic foundations. I myself once used anarchism as a political label for my views, but further thought has forced me to conclude that anarchism is not a social theory at all but rather a personal psychology; it is not a political movement but a subculture.

Why do anarchists bother with this guy.