Reflections on contemporary anarchism, anti-capitalism and the international scene
The echoes of play and pleasure evoked by the notion of the 'anarchist travelling circus' connect to the power of the symbolic to expose the hollowness of everyday capitalist existence by appropriating the spaces of power. This chapter considers the impact of the changing political scene in 2001 and notes the way in which anarchism has come into its own in confronting the intensified alliances between states, corporate power and the military. Anti-capitalist and anti-globalisation movements, with their commitment to non-hierarchical organisation, symbolic action and carnival, and their direct action, are highly visible examples of anarchism in action. The difference with the anti-capitalist/anti-globalisation movement is that the overwhelming ethos of summit demonstrations is the commitment to non-hierarchical organisation and to direct action, which goes beyond the orthodox protest forms as letters, petitions and rallies.