Talk:Todd May

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Hi. Todd May here. One small comment about the biography. I am referred to as helping to develop the program of "postanarchism." That is actually not a term I use, and it has come to signify something like "after anarchism." My own views are actually a melding of poststructuralism and anarchism, with no particular "post" part. This is a small point, and no one should go to great trouble to change it, but I have noticed that I'm getting referred to in other literature as among a group of postanarchists that I don't believe I belong in. Thanks. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Todd May Philosophy (talkcontribs)

Welcome, Todd, and thanks very much for taking the time to comment here. In essence, Wikipedia is a tertiary reference work, drawing entirely from existing literature, and as such is not well-positioned to right any wrongs. So, while for example our post-anarchism article makes clear the distinction between a post-structuralist form of anarchism and an "after anarchism", we can't ourselves contradict those sources you mention which identify you with the other postanarchists, as we are – by and large – amateurs unqualified to pass such judgements. Indeed, you have associated yourself or been associated without contradiction with Hakim Bey, Lewis Call, and Saul Newman in this interview, which makes characterising your position as distinct in this respect from theirs problematic. What we can do is report a disagreement in the literature, so if there is somewhere you have distanced yourself from that milieu in print or online, by all means point it out for us and we can integrate it into the relevant articles. In the meantime, I will try to clarify the characterisation in your biography. Please don't hestitate to comment if there are any other issues, problems or suggestions you might have with or for Wikipedia's coverage of yourself or anarchism in general. Regards, Skomorokh 16:08, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

Dear Skomorrah, Thanks much for the quick reply. I entirely understand your position, and frankly, the issue is not so grand that it requires anyone on your end to spend a lot of time with it. I've noticed the change in this article, and that is more than enough. Thanks again. Todd —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:17, 6 May 2009 (UTC)


Do we have enough sources to do justice to this topic? May has some coverage in Antliff's SubStance article, but otherwise has he received any significant coverage? The Political Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism was reviewed in Ethics (philosopher journal) and Choice (very brief listings for librarian purchase recommendations), and his other books did not receive many major reviews, nevertheless with enough material for us to write about his career. Please pass along any sources czar 04:29, 24 June 2017 (UTC)