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Anarchy and Culture by David WEIR

By David WEIR

A masterful learn of the hidden roots of up to date tradition and may b learn by way of somebody drawn to how and why our highbrow panorama has replaced particularly dramatically because the Victorian period.

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This passage makes the point that the kind of anarchism Proudhon had in mind has much in common with socialism, albeit a socialism without the kind of top­down state apparatus advocated by Marx.  Later, we shall have to consider the impact of such collectivism on culture.  Sonn's point that anarchism "fused elements of a remembered past with a vision of utopian future" seems especially relevant to Proudhon. " 28 Anarchism, then, does not reject origins so much as it seeks to reconstruct them, provided the crucial point is upheld that the archon is everyman.

But what is culture?  The culture that Arnold endorses in Culture and Anarchy has acquired an enormous totalizing power to examine radically dissimilar social alternatives by allowing consciousness to "play freely" over them and to look for ways of integrating their contradictory claims.  Culture is also said to be apolitical as well as classless; in essence neither Liberal nor Conservative, culture may be of use to both.

It remains to be seen whether Kropotkin's faith in modernity and Page 41 his dislike of modernism pose a cultural problem; whether Emma Goldman's devotion to Ibsen and her promotion of anarchism are deeply related; whether the Ferrer Schools that sprang up in America and Europe in tribute to the assassinated anarchist Francisco Ferrer really espoused a cultural curriculum different from other leftist establishments; whether Benjamin Tucker's Unique Book­shop and Press in New York City was truly a cultural center or simply a propaganda factory, and so on.

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