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How anarchism still matters
Jonathan Purkis and James Bowen

issues, narcotics, conflict resolution or bearing witness, the question of influence and diffusion becomes highly pertinent in terms of what form of anarchism is being advocated. We regard it as significant that each of the contributions here addresses the deconstruction of particular conceptual dualisms, which can assist in the development of a much more theoretically and practically flexible notion of anarchism. With this in mind, it is vital that this project acknowledge the gradual dissolution of one of the most insidious dualisms to have dogged radical politics

in Changing anarchism
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Retrieving a ‘Global’ American Philosopher
John Narayan

Darwin published Origin of the Species and just short of eighteen months before the Battle of Fort Sumter, Dewey’s life would end only some six years after the beginning of the ‘Cold War’. To read his body of work is therefore to enter a world that does not include bearing witness to some of the most momentous events of American and world history in the twentieth century. This includes the success of the American Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War and the winds of change that flattened European imperialism and empire. This is to say nothing of events such as the

in John Dewey
Stuart White

meaning and purpose of which is necessarily religious, so that to speak of engaging in such activity outside a context of religious meaning and purpose is nonsensical. Participation in a ritual of worship, for example, is an activity that is essentially religious.23 Other practices that arguably fall within the category of the essentially religious include: evangelism (bearing witness to religious ideas, spreading the ‘good news’); spiritual guidance (advising fellow believers on how to live in accordance their religious beliefs); and religious education (teaching the

in The culture of toleration in diverse societies
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Why anarchism still matters
James Bowen and Jonathan Purkis

, whilst the media focused on the Black Block for allegedly provoking violence. Research into anarchist attitudes towards violence in the past has been mixed, with the response often based around the relative short- or long-term vision of the person(s) in question (Chan, 1995). On balance, however, the internationalisation of much anarchist action has produced a greater inclination towards nonviolence, bearing witness (in Mexico and Palestine for instance) and the sharing of experiences. Although some writers have equated nonviolence and pacifism with ‘pathology

in Changing anarchism
Reflections on contemporary anarchism, anti-capitalism and the international scene
Karen Goaman

and global attention. Butigan frames anti-globalisation demonstrations in terms of modern pilgrimages, which allow the familiar to be ‘defamiliarised’, exposing the brutality behind the juggernaut of globalisation. He refers to the Seattle events as a ‘pilgrimage of transformation’ – with pilgrimage as a process by which humans mobilise themselves in loving and relentless resistance, a process of ‘bearing witness’ to injustices and woundedness (Butigan, 2000: 46). Butigan puts Seattle in a line of twentieth-century modern pilgrimages, from Gandhi’s 1930 march to the

in Changing anarchism
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The Debt–Growth–Inequality Nexus
Tim Di Muzio and Richard H. Robbins

. But since Polanyi focused on the self-adjusting market as the “fount and matrix” of civilization rather than capitalist credit money, he could not fully foresee the price for maintaining a debtbased monetary system and the exponential economic growth that it requires. Nor could he propose a convincing alternative to the domestic and international monetary order. As suggested above, we are already bearing witness to a geography of stark utopias that stretch across many communities around the world. And the movement toward this stark utopia moves in increments so

in Debt as Power