Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism an Unbridgeable Chasm

Bookchin, Murray
Date Written:  1995-06-01
Year Published:  1995
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX16680

For some two centuries, anarchism -- a very ecumenical body of anti-authoritarian ideas -- developed in the tension between two basically contradictory tendencies: a personalistic commitment to individual autonomy and a collectivist commitment to social freedom. These tendencies have by no means been reconciled in the history of libertarian thought. Indeed, for much of the last century, they simply coexisted within anarchism as a minimalist credo of opposition tothe State rather than as a maximalist credo that articulated the kind of new society that had to becreated in its place.

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