Well, definitely the right-wing madness of the prison-industrial complex driven by the punitive-racist war on drugs and substituting for the public provision of mental health services, education, and basic housing must be regarded as a surreal failure in every imaginable way. Republicans hate government and so dismantled government and built prisons and arsenals instead. Time for democratic government of by and for the people to empty the jails of non-violent offenders and buy back the guns and to start building clinics, schools, and homes of by and for the people.Side note, people drawn to anarchist theory who equate the state with violence should attend to this empirical connection of actually existing anti-governmentality and the facilitation and even suffusion of society with violence. As I regularly insist, democratic theory seeks to deploy the state-form precisely to provide non-violent alternatives for the adjudication of disputes (including disputes as to what properly constitutes violence), to provide a scene of informed non-duressed consent to the terms of everyday commerce, and to circumvent the structural violence of private abuse of public and common goods. This is not to deny the reality of violence in the policing of any order -- although I would insist that violence inheres as a permanent possibility in plurality and so precedes and exceeds states and hence cannot be eliminated through the fantastic elimination of the state -- but to deny the essential or exhaustive anarchist identification of the state with violence that yields all too often a reactionary hostility to or dismissal of democratic government even among notionally left-leaning anarchists.
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Monday, December 17, 2012
Anti-Governmentality is Functionally Pro-Violence
Upgraded and adapted from the Moot: