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Anarchism and non-domination
journal contributionposted on 2017-11-17, 12:25 authored by Ruth KinnaRuth Kinna, Alex Prichard
In this paper we recover the classical anarchist deployment of republican tropes of nondomination, tyranny and slavery, to expose the conservative limits of the contemporary neoRoman republican revival. For the anarchists, the modern nation state and the institution of private property are antithetical to freedom as non-domination, acting as structural constraints to freedom rather than the means for its realisation. We re-examine the grounds of this critique to advance two arguments. First, that a commitment to either the state or private property represents an unwarranted positive moral and ethical commitment that skews the negative theory of freedom contemporary republicans seek to develop. Second, the prior moral commitment to the state renders neo-Roman republicanism fundamentally conservative. Anarchist theories of freedom as non-domination push much further than the contemporary republican revival seems to permit, opening new possibilities for institutional and constitutional innovation while remaining consistent with core republican normative value of non-domination.
Title: Anarchy as constitutional principle: Constitutionalising in anarchist politics
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- Social Sciences
- Politics and International Studies
Published inJournal of Political Ideologies
Pages221 - 240
CitationKINNA, R. and PRICHARD, A., 2019. Anarchism and non-domination. Journal of Political Ideologies, 24 (3), pp.221-240.
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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