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21st Century Dissent contends that anarchism has significantly motivated the trendy political panorama. Curran explores the modern face of anarchism as expressed through environmental protests and the anti-globalization movement.

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They recognize, after all, that individual 34 21st Century Dissent autonomy can only be properly realized in a free community. Another post-leftist, Jason McQuinn (2003), contends that critics ‘simply don’t understand the huge divide between a self-organising movement seeking to abolish every form of social alienation and a merely political movement seeking to reorganise production in a more egalitarian form’. Post-leftists object to a ‘false consciousness in which people no longer see themselves directly as subjects in their relation to the world’ (2003).

Since individuals ‘cooperate’ in their own oppression, their ultimate insurrectionary act is to reclaim their desires. Such claims prefigured Foucauldian and Situationist analyses, as discussed in a subsequent section. Despite Stirner’s rejection of capitalism, his ‘breed’ of hyper individualism was seen as fuelling the individualist anarcho-capitalist position, a position that took firm root in the United States. Social anarchists are particularly scathing of the anarcho-capitalism of the Jeffersonian democrats who developed and extended classical liberalism’s idea of the sovereign individual ‘until it became incompatible with the idea of the state’ (Miller 1984, 30).

For individualists the retrieval of individuality – one’s ego – becomes the ultimate revolutionary act. But this ‘insurrection of the self’ incites a very different kind of revolution. ‘Ordinary’ revolutions simply transplant one form of authority for another: the concept of authority itself is never properly challenged. As Newman observes, Stirner discerned that revolution was simply ‘the imposition, in the name of universality, of one identity, one particularity on others’ (2002, 232). Stirner’s true contribution thus lay in his articulation of ‘a series of strategies which embrace plurality over essence, ethical questioning over moral and rational certainty, and contingency of identity rather than an oppressive stability’ (2002, 238).

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