Your answer doesn't really explain or say anything about what left anarchism is. I was asking if someone could explain what it is.
Left (also called red) anarchism can best be characterized by the following:
an adherence to a primarily Marxist analysis of capitalism (including, but not limited to, the world of political economy, subscribing to the Labor Theory of Value, looking to the proletariat as the revolutionary subject, accepting Hegelian dialectics...); leading to an almost exclusive strategy of engaging in a vague working class politics (which often translates into trying to push existing business unions into a more rank and file-friendly direction).
an adherence to a primarily Leninist strategy of engaging with capitalism, usually taking the form of anti-imperialism.
an adherence to a linear view of economic/technological/scientific development.
Left anarchists share more in common with the Left (liberals, social democrats, Maoists...) than with consistent anti-statists. They tend to be active in campaigns for the amelioration of the excesses of capitalism and the state rather than engaging in strategies and tactics geared toward the abolition of their foundations.
Among the most delusional forms, this is a sad example:
Thanks! I have a question about something you wrote."an adherence to a primarily Leninist strategy of engaging with capitalism, usually taking the form of anti-imperialism."Do you mean stuff along the line of "dual power" and what not?edit: font was way too large
" including... green anarchism and individualist anarchism"
unless i have completely misunderstood your use of those terms, you are greatly mistaken to put greens and individualists in with left anarchists. i know a good number of green and individualist anarchists quite well, and not one would consider themselves a left anarchist. quite the contrary.
that said, many of us have come to our perspective after spending time as part of what might be called the left (or the far/radical left). some may still have some lingering leftist detritus to be jettisoned. but theoretically, both green and - particularly - individualist anarchists have very little in common with the left, and in fact are probably its most vocal and deep-digging critics (well, maybe other than right-wingnut media pundits, as far as vocal).
i would say you are largely correct, that post-left @s do not claim or adhere to the traditional political spectrum of left/right. i find that in some areas i agree with the left, in some areas i agree with the right, in most areas i agree with neither.
in fact i think the first moment i truly grokked anarchy (in a [anti]political sense) was when someone described for me that very linear political spectrum, and placed anarchy way off it.
"do not identify with the right, and point to commonalities and complicities between the left and right wings of capital and the state"