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Towards Anarchy: A Historical Sketch of the Anarchism-Democracy Divide
Stockholm University. Stockholm Univeristy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3579-2143
2020 (English)In: Theory in Action, ISSN 1937-0229, Vol. 13, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

This article traces divergent approaches to democracy in the history of anarchist thought. It outlinesan anarchist critique of democracy, a defiant composition arrayed against authority, representationand majority rule. Put in contrast to that approach is the anarchist reclamation, the understanding ofanarchy as democracy radicalized. The article shows how the critique of democracy typifies classicalanarchist thought, while reclamation of democracy breeds in post-classical anarchism after 1939. Yetthese lines of thought also coexist historically, and they both continue into our days. Anarchism is nowdepicted in terms of radical democracy, while a reclaimed critique once again dissociates anarchy fromdemocracy. In an attempt to recognize dialogue between them, this article suggests that divergentapproaches articulate an impossible argument that could further the route toward anarchy.

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2020. Vol. 13, no 1
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Anarchism; Democracy; Feminism; Malatesta; Goldman
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History of Ideas Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-164114OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-164114DiVA, id: diva2:1278177
Available from: 2019-01-12 Created: 2019-01-12 Last updated: 2019-01-12

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