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The Politics of Cruelty: Hostis and the Apology for Insurrection

In an eloquent defense of insurrectionist politics, the Hostis journal critically dismisses all moralising forms of anarchism, eulogising of democracy and pacifism.  Caught in a religious-theological past, anarchists fall far too quickly into self-mutilating performances of virtuous and moral superiority and/or impotent prefigurative politics.  In seeking to refashion the social, anarchists do little more than lay the ground for future forms of control.  The social is the problem, and any effort at “socialising” reform only perpetuates the illusion of “society” as a space for possible peace and justice, while at the same time, generating novel forms of domination.

Molotov

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