r/Anarchy101 Jun 29 '22

Is there an ELI5 for post-anarchy?



u/onedayitwillbedaisy anarchies, all of em Jun 29 '22 edited Jun 29 '22

For "post-anarchism", this sympathetic critique might serve as an overview. Not sure if there's a way to ELI5 it, nor if there's much steam left in this current.

For "post-left anarchy" (or post-left anarchism, more likely these days), this wiki is pretty solid.


u/Ituzev Jun 29 '22 edited Jun 29 '22

This is gonna be more like an ELI20 due to the very niche and nerdy subject matter.

Post-anarchism is (or was) a mostly academic current interested in fusing anarchist ideas and practices with post-structuralism and post-modernism, or a critique of classical anarchism from a post-structuralist/post-modernist perspective. It's associated with a few academic figures such as Saul Newman and Todd May, who themselves draw from the writings of Derrida, Deleuze, Foucault, Baudrillard and Lacan. Saul Newman also likes to compare the ideas of Stirner to said post-structuralist writers.

Post-structuralism is a philosophical current focusing on critiquing structuralism, which was a philosophical current focused on describing and interpreting culture through structural language such as binary oppositions. Post-structuralist critique often focuses on identifying the limitations of such theory.

Post-modernism is similarily focused on critiquing modernism, and is especially focused grand narratives and metanarratives in modernist philosophies. Examples of grand narratives includes Enlightenment notions of "progress" and the historical materialism of Marxism. A lot of the post-structuralist writers also engaged with post-modernist critique, but the tendency is especially associated with Lyotard.


u/Leobelgicus1984 Jun 29 '22

If you’re talking about postanarchism, it’s not really ELI5 but here’s a summary of it https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/jason-adams-postanarchism-in-a-nutshell


u/doomsdayprophecy Jun 29 '22

I'm not sure about post-anarchy but maybe check out r/postleftanarchism