Horizontalism

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1 Elsewhere in the garden

Notes that link to this note (AKA backlinks).

Potentially a bit of a linkage between post-structuralism and anarchism and horizontalism (Revolutionary Left Radio: Post-Structuralism, Postmodernism, and… Metamodernism?)

The cycle of struggle that erupted in 2011 – from the Arab Spring to the movement of the squares to the anti-austerity demonstrations in Britain – was characterised by stress on horizontalism and decentralised leadership. But as that movement grew and changed, it found itself running into the limits of that form, and entered into political parties – or founded new ones. But it found both resistance and limits there, too – and now, especially in many countries in Europe, it finds itself at a crossroads. All of these questions are questions of political organisation, fraught with urgency because of the climate crisis, and – after the 20th century – without any easy answers or faith in the inevitability of history. What should come next?

Against Horizontalism, prefiguration etc I believe is the meaning.

Interesting they make a bit of a linkage here between post-structuralism and anarchism and horizontalism.

They talk a lot about Horizontalism vs verticalism, calling horizontalism folk politics. Kevin Carson gives a lengthy critique of some of their critique of horizontalism.

On the left, how do you go about organising. Very broadly speaking - horizontalism being a more distributed anarchist approach, verticalism being a more communist approach with a strong organising party.

Inventing the Future talks about this a lot. Kevin Carson gives a lengthy critique of some of their critique of horizontalism or 'folk politics'.

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