Conclusion
How anarchism still matters
in Changing anarchism

This chapter reviews the different ways that anarchism can be seen in terms of its often under-acknowledged role in political change. It suggests that anarchism can serve as a 'conscience' to many non-anarchist or marginally anarchist milieus in terms of the influence of its central ideas. The chapter also suggests that the possibilities for the resistance to power and the construction of what Dennis Hardy have called 'practical utopias' are actually increasing. These possibilities are increasing in the wake of the post-11th September, 2001 clampdowns and repression, despite the anecdotal evidence to the contrary. A classical anarchist position has been to organise regardless of what institutional forces are doing; perhaps this is an opportunity to develop a consistent yet unpopular anarchist realpolitik. The chapter also presents some closing thoughts on the concepts discussed in this book.

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Changing anarchism

Anarchist theory and practice in a global age

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