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A Tribute to Rudolf Rocker (1873–1958)

October 1, 2010 by

Rocker was awful on economics, but his focus was not on that. He wrote about nationalism and culture, and here Rocker is fantastic. “States create no culture; indeed, they are often destroyed by higher forms of culture.” FULL ARTICLE by Jeff Riggenbach

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Fephisto October 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm

You know, I remember a lot of people chastising Mr.Riggenbach for writing these articles focusing on a majority of leftists. But, perhaps similar to the plea of Rocker to “Get Along”, maybe we should appreciate the similarities of our libertarian leanings to these other people as a means of tolerance, itself as a means to eek out (hopefully) some other useful ideas from these individuals?

Vedpushpa October 1, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Riggenbach’s tributary article on Rudolf Rocker serves a timely need indeed.

As the globalized world stands amidst the rubble of intellectual demolitions – that of capitalism-communism-socialism et al Riggenbach’s exposition on Rockers’ considered thoughts on Nationalism and Culture is . as one can surely find, is as much the contemporary world’s earnest quest for ‘purer politics’ – that is neither constrained by any one economic Ideology in particular nor tending to get bogged down by irrational religious fanaticism on the other.

Such historical biographical intellectual writings will help save from ‘history repeating itelf’ or the
worse happening of a ‘National cultural amnesia’ that a sure comatic death in the offing.

Asia – and India in particular is well on this path of a National and Cultural assertive mode which can sync -not sink – the polity towards its own specific geo-natural modes and mores – and that perhaps is the most probable ‘surest way’ towards any meaningful human sustainability.

vedapushpa
social anthropologist
Bangalore – India

Dave Albin October 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Maybe I missed it, but I don’t understand how one can criticize the state for destroying culture, and then be a proponent of the state in any way, as Mr. Rocker seemed to be.

Tristan October 6, 2010 at 7:23 am

Dave Albin:
I think you missed the fact that Rocker was an anarchist.
Unless you’re abusing the word ‘state’ to mean ‘any social organisation I personally disagree with’ then I think you’ll find that he was against any state (as well as any other authoritarian construct).

There is an incredibly lazy tendency amongst right-libertarians to dismiss anything social organisation ‘left-anarchists’ propose as a statist organisation. Its like the tendency to conflate capitalism with free markets which rears its head far too often (when anarchists talk of capitalism they mean the existing state of state enforced privilege for the ruling classes, not any sort of truly free market).

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