Cover illustration: Art and Revolution, 'Hands Off Street Youth' Puppet, Active Resistance Anarchist Gathering, Toronto, 1998. © Susan Simensky, 1998
Discussions concerning power and authority by anarchist writers are often marked by confusion. This essay reviews some key analyses of power, and puts forward an anthropologically-informed anarchist analysis concerning the inevitability of forms of power relationships. One cannot dispense with all forms of power and still maintain social relations.
Aaron Lakoff is a member of the International Solidarity Movement, and a journalist with CKUT community radio in Montreal. He has recently travelled and worked throughout Palestine. This interview was conducted on 9 February 2005. Yossi is a young resident of Jerusalem and a member of the International Solidarity Movement. He is part of many social movements in Israel and Palestine, including Anarchists Against the Wall and Black Laundry, a radical queer group. Yossi is currently working at the Alternative Information Centre. Here he speaks about anarchism in Israel and its relationship to the Palestinian struggle, and radical anarchist and queer culture.
Sinclair Community College, Ohio
Anarchism, if it is to play a major role in a post-Western society (and it must!), needs to reconsider some of the fundamental scientific, psychological and biological assumptions that underlie its theory and praxis. Much of our ideology rests on ideas that have been discredited, and anarchism has not kept up with the changes, allowing the reactionary right to capture the high ground of debate. Anarchism's superstructure can survive and even grow if we make some necessary changes in its substructure.