Anarchism: A Crisis for Art, Science, and Politics

There is something out there beyond the reach of the world system (capitalist or otherwise).  The “system” is powerful but not omnipotent.  Pockets of resistance persist and show us that even in this hard-bitten postmodern age other ways of being are possible.

[What follows are reflections upon reading the essay “Art, Science, or Politics?  The Crisis in Hunter-Gatherer Studies” by Richard B. Lee.]

Richard B. Lee, anthropologist by trade and author of several works on hunter-gatherer cultures, is probably a familiar name to those who consider themselves anarcho-primitivists or deep ecologists and others who level their critiques and attacks at the culture of civilization itself.  In his essay, Lee illuminates several questions that cannot fail to be of concern to such subcultural entities, who often imagine that by study of other kinds of societies some insight may be gained into prescriptions for living.  Anarchists who are not careful run the risk of lapsing into a search for a master blueprint, or of making a fetish of some particular tactic, institution or intellectual creation. Continue reading

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