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A new book by Saul Newman

Published by Polity

October 2015 | 160 Pages

Hardback: 9780745688732 | £50.00/€68.97

Paperback: 9780745688749| £12.99/€17.91




Praise For Postanarchism:

“For those on the left who despair about the ongoing power of neoliberalism, Saul Newman offers a powerful insight. Whereas older models of resistance are based on revolution and opposition to the state, Newman notes that the state is no longer the key problem of our time. Postanarchism is his response; it is based on autonomy, insurrection and the recuperation of politics. This book is critical for those who wish to think and act beyond our contemporary condition.” — James Martel, San Francisco State University

“Beautifully written, Newman’s book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of contemporary capitalism, the nature of political contestation and the choices we can exercise as political actors. It’s a fearless and provocative work, unafraid not only to challenge cherished nostrums of both left and right but to work creatively with “dangerous” concepts: insurrection, violence, servitude. In sum, this is a thoughtful and invigorating text for understanding our times.” — Simon Tormey, University of Sydney


In this book, Newman develops an original political theory of postanarchism; a form of anti-authoritarian politics which starts, rather than finishes, with anarchy. He does this by asking four central questions: who are we as subjects; how do we resist; what is our relationship to violence; and, why do we obey? By drawing on a range of heterodox thinkers including La Boétie, Sorel, Benjamin, Stirner and Foucault, the author not only investigates the current conditions for radical political thought and action, but proposes a new form of politics based on what he calls ontological anarchy and the desire for autonomous life. Rather than seeking revolutionary emancipation or political hegemony, we should affirm instead the non-existence of power and the ever-present possibilities of freedom.

As the tectonic plates of our time are shifting, revealing the nihilism and emptiness of our political and economic order, postanarchism’s disdain for power in all its forms offers us genuine emancipatory potential.


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