By Saul Newman
In its comparability of anarchist and poststructuralist suggestion, "From Bakunin to Lacan" contends that the main urgent political challenge we are facing this present day is the proliferation and intensification of energy. Saul Newman pursuits the tendency of radical political theories and activities to reaffirm energy and authority, in numerous guises, of their very try and triumph over it. In his exam of thinkers equivalent to Bakunin, Lacan, Stirner, and Foucault Newman explores vital epistemological, ontological, and political questions: Is the fundamental human topic the purpose of departure from which energy and authority will be antagonistic? Or, is the humanist topic itself a website of domination that needs to be unmasked? because it deftly charts this debate's paths of emergence in political notion, the booklet illustrates how the query of crucial identities defines and re-defines the boundaries and chances of radical politics this present day.
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86 While political and social formations were not directly, in every instance, determined by the economy, they were still dominated by it. The prerogatives of the economy still took precedence, in the last instance [in a time of revolution, for example] over other social formations. Althusserian Marxism is, therefore, not entirely removed from classical Marxism. In its essence it is a reaffirmation of the theoretical predominance of economic power over other forms of power. More recently, Alex Callinicos has defended classical Marxism against the potential challenge it faced from Althusser.
See Elizabeth Rappaport, “Anarchism and Authority,” Archives Europeenes de Sociologie (European Journal of Sociology) 17, no. 2 (1976): 333-343. 8. See Karl Marx, Capital (New York: International Publishers, 1967), 1:82. 9. , ed. Robert C. Tucker (New York: W. W. Norton, 1978), 26-52. 10. Marx, “On the Jewish Question,” 32. 11. Marx, “On the Jewish Question,” 35. 12. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, “The Holy Family,” in Collected Works, vol. 4, (London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1975), 9-211. 13. Mikhail Bakunin, Marxism, Freedom and the State, trans.
Bakunin believed that scientific dogma, particularly when it was part of the revolutionary program was an authoritarian discourse that mutilated the complexity and spontaneity of life. 78 Hierarchically organized systems of industrial technology such as Taylorism were not dominating in themselves, Marx argued—they were dominating because they were used for bourgeois, not socialist, production. It was for this reason that Marx condemned Luddism, a protest against the industrialization during the nineteenth century which involved wrecking industrial equipment.
From Bakunin to Lacan: Anti-authoritarianism and the Dislocation of Power by Saul Newman