Narratives for a Better Future
Edited by Daniel Ericsson and Monika Kostera
Chapter 9: Against organization – farewell to hope?
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.
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