Using an Anarchist Approach in Geopolitics

Political geographer Fabrizio Eva highlights the gap between the principles of inter-state relations (as espoused by the United Nations and the so-called ‘International Community’) and their actual practice, suggesting that the critical stance of anarchist geographies provides a good perspective to better understand ‘International Relations’. The article traces the links between ‘classical’ and contemporary anarchist geographies, before offering an analytical procedure informed by an anarchic critical approach to Geopolitics.

Using an Anarchist Approach in Geopolitics

Anarchist Academics and Peer Review

Anarchists in the academy are forced to work within (or around) numerous structures and processes that are antithetical to their principles and ideals. However, not all these institutional trappings are equally problematic, and Judith Suissa argues here that peer review is one aspect which can function in keeping with the main principles of anarchism (even as this process is increasingly distorted by marketised ideologies).

Anarchist Academics and Peer Review

The Sparrows’ Nest Anarchist Library and Archive

The Sparrows’ Nest has been documenting and sharing the history of anarchist movements for ten years. Jim Donaghey paid the Sparrows a visit at their library and archive in Nottingham, UK, to talk about their work and the importance of making anarchist history available to all. The article contains an audio stream of the interview (11m 38s), a full transcript, a series of images of the Nest, and information on their archived collections.

The Sparrows’ Nest Library and Archive (interview)

In Memory of Harold Barclay

Harold Barclay passed away peacefully a few months ago in December 2017. In this article Nathan Jun identifies some of Harold’s contributions to anarchist anthropology, and Jane Barclay, Harold’s wife, has kindly allowed us to reproduce her obituary of Harold for our blog readers.

In Memory of Harold Barclay

New blog article by Brian Martin brings you another new article:

Jonathan’s Haidt’s The Righteous Mind differentiates between the ‘gut reactions’ of liberals and conservatives and argues that this shapes their political outlooks. Brian Martin takes a Kropotkinite tilt at Haidt’s six ‘moral foundations’ and assesses their implications for ‘human nature’ in anarchist political philosophy.

Anarchism and Gut Reactions

New blog articles is pleased to bring you our first two blog articles.

Anarchist geographer Simon Springer, takes hollow cries of ‘Left Unity’ to task, and asks why David Harvey is so afraid of anarchists:

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Anarchist? Rejecting Left Unity and Raising Hell in Radical Geography

And Manuel Lozano provides an extensive analysis of the Catalan Independence struggle from an anarchist perspective:

Nausea within the smokescreen. Profiteering the Catalan independence aims to bring you regular bursts of comment and critique related to anarchist activism, anarchist academia, and the wider world as viewed through an anarchist lens. Rooted in our association with the Anarchist Studies journal, the blog has the advantage of rapid publication and functions as a platform to share opinion and host critical debate.

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