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 RAT 2007 
 Mary Foster, Autumn Brown, Rami El-Amine, Arya Zahedi, Eric Laursen
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A panel discussion at the 2007 Renewing the Anarchist Tradition Conference
In a 2005 piece published in La Vanguardia, writing about ideology in the twenty-first century, Manuel Castells argued, "In the face of an out-of-control global capitalism, and a socialism settling into retirement, resistance arises from the contradictory opposition between fundamentalism and neo-anarchism." What evidence is there that this opposition is playing out in contemporary politics--whether global or local? How are anarchists defining and understanding "fundamentalism"? How do these definitions and understandings condition our opposition to them? In different contexts where fundamentalist ideologies, class, and race overlap in complicated ways, and intersect with state repression in gruesome ones, is a simple opposition to religion an adequate anarchist stance? Is it productive of the sort of resistance to capitalism that Castells invokes? Or is a more complex and contingent set of stances and relationships to fundamentalisms important to articulate?

Mary is a member of Tadamon! Montreal and the Justice Coalition for Adil Charkaoui.

Autumn, a practicing anarcho-Catholic, is a founding member of the Rock Dove Collective, a consensus and facilitation trainer, and president of the board of directors of the Fertility Awareness Center. She is affiliated with Anarchist People of Color, the New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists, and the Signals Collective.

Rami is an Arab and muslim activist who has been involved in a wide range of local and global struggles in the Washington, DC, metro area for the past fifteen years. For the last seven years, he has been most involved in Palestine solidarity work. He is a founding member, former editor, and current writer for Left Turn magazine.

Arya is a member of the Iran Solidarity Group and the Antithesis Collective (NEFAC-NYC). He is currently a graduate student in political science at the New School for Social Research.

Eric is an independent journalist and activist. He is a member of the New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists and the NYC Anarchist Book Fair Organizing Collective. Eric has also provided media outreach for the International Solidarity Movement-NYC.

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01:28:43 English 2007-11-03
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