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A Schematic Anarchism: Notes on Application

It’s no very great leap from the position I had already taken in “A Schematic Anarchism” to the one I’ve been exploring in Proudhon’s manuscripts. In general, I have been proposing that we shift our approach from endless, more or less interminable arguments about whether or not a given ideology or practice is anarchism or not to analyses of proposed anarchisms that ask: “If we treat X as an instance of anarchism, in what sense is that claim true and how does it compare to other instances?” The answers to that question ought to demonstrate that some of the proposed anarchisms only qualify in the most trivial senses, on the basis of the most implausible explanations, while others can be plausibly situated among the ranks of anarchisms on the basis of a variety of plausible narratives. […]

Sébastien Faure
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On the Subject of the Anarchist Synthesis (1929)

You have sent me The Anarchist Synthesis, by Sébastien Faure, dated February 20, 1928, and I am sure that you will republish this remarkable document or at least that you will make its contents known to your readers. On that conditions, allow me to put forward some remarks on this subject, which is certainly of a capital interest for the anarchist movement in all nations. […]

Anarchist Beginnings

Varieties of Anarchist Entente

Proposals: Panarchy: Paul Emile de Puydt, Panarchy (1860) Anarquismo sin adjetivos / Anarchism without adjectives: Acracia: Mutual toleration: Anarchist synthesis: Sébastien Faure, “Propos Subversifs: Les Forces de Révolution” (1921) Voline, “On Synthesis” (1924) Debate in La […]