Anarchy in the Cradle of Democracy: A Review of the Roots, Convictions and Place of Anarchism in Modern Greece
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Glimenakis, Andreas Anthony
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Anarchism has spread it roots in countless nations and remains widely misunderstood. It will not cease to exist. It will not become obsolete nor irrelevant until coercive power and inequality cease to exist, until hierarchical establishment is destroyed, and until corruption and manipulation are no more. Anarchists are more than a band of disenchanted thugs, bound by their respective hate for the establishment, who seek to destroy it through violent revolution. They identify structures of authority, challenge them, and deem them illegitimate if unjustifiable. Looking specifically at the modern movement of anarchism in Greece, while it is possible that it is politically less than productive in the traditional sense, its emergence may be viewed as historically justified in its extreme distrust and skepticism with respect to the State, both domestic and foreign—born in a sort of perfect storm of conditions. The purpose of this paper is thus 1) to set the anarchist movement in the context of modern Greek history, exploring the movement as a response to economic, social, and political events and 2) to reassess the image of anarchism, both politically and philosophically, presenting it as a vehicle striving for greater progressive and libertarian reforms in a variety of issues through its purified criticism and unique approach toward common objectives. The lack of concern for political power and constituent accommodation presents a worldview that is more suited to criticize than to offer suggestion, but at its own reputational sacrifice, situated at the radical realms of the political spectrum, anarchism can serve as a powerful force for the progressive and libertarian development of society as a whole.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2011
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