Chapter 9: Against organization – farewell to hope?
Restricted access

Pondering notions of hope and organization, I argue that the way to some better social order requires initial engagement in a programme of destruction – destruction of notions of hope in organization (and politics and religion) as perceived within current structures of power. Such a proposal is characterized by risk – that the destruction is too limited or fails to materialize . . . or is complete and irreversible. I argue for destruction of conceptualizations of organization where these exclude consideration of the lived experiences of others outside of their boundaries who are impacted by them. Without such a fundamental reconstitution of organization, I see no possibility of resurgence of hope for humanity. My thinking draws on Guillet de Monthoux’s writings on anarchism, particularly on the term’s appropriation by and incorporation into the agenda of neoliberalism in the USA – as a basis for the self-motivated and self-interested capitalist individual. However, he also argued for anarchism’s value as informant of action, if we have awareness that (like critical management?) it can be absorbed, ‘re-branded’, ignored or suppressed at will by dominant orders. I consider that we must adopt an intellectual approach of disrupting extant understandings of organization and hope to prompt new critical (not just ‘critical management’) reflections on our positions within these, and of others outside them. I argue that an anarchistic approach to reconstituting organization in search of hope for humanity can – and should – draw inspirations and ideas from all sources, even those that seem to be intellectually opposed to it.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Other access options

Redeem Token

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institutional Access

Personal login

Log in with your Elgar Online account

Login with you Elgar account
Monograph Book