The Horizon of Anarchy: Radical Politics in the Wake of Marx

Saul Newman

in The Politics of Postanarchism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780748634958
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652846 | DOI:
The Horizon of Anarchy: Radical Politics in the Wake of Marx

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This chapter takes up this notion of politics outside the state, showing the relevance of this idea to continental radical thought today and situating anarchism within debates among continental thinkers such as Alain Badiou, Jacques Ranciére, Michael Hardt, and Antonio Negri. It shows that many of the themes and preoccupations of these thinkers reflect an unacknowledged anarchism. The chapter also shows that anarchism can make important interventions around these questions, and argues that radical politics today should be conceived of in terms of rupture with the existing order, rather than emerging as an immanent dimension within it. However, the politics of the ‘event’, which this notion of rupture implies, should be conceived of in ways that avoid the violent, terroristic, and potentially authoritarian revolutionary forms of the past.

Keywords: continental radical thought; rupture; radical politics; authoritarian revolutionary forms; Alain Badiou; Jacques Ranciére; anarchism

Chapter.  14337 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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