Stirner, anarchy, subjectivity and the art of living
Contemporary revolutionary anarchism is not merely interested in effecting changes in socioeconomic relations or dismantling the State, but in developing an entire art of living, which is simultaneously anti-authoritarian, anti-ideological and antipolitical. The development of a distinctively anarchist savoir-vivre is a profoundly existential and ontological concern and one rich in implication for the definition of contemporary anarchist practice, activity and projects. Central to this process is the issue of anarchist subjectivity and intersubjectivity, as well as related concerns about language and creativity. Developing his perspective from this epistemological premise, Hakim Bey identifies a distinctively anarchist mode of being: ontological anarchy. Anarchy, in short, remains a condition of embodied or lived poetry. In order to understand the significance of Max Stirner to both modernist anarchism and the new anarchism(s), the nature and significance of his thought needs to be radically revised.