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Within this category you will fine a number of documents related to anarchism and anarchist philosophies. Also, organizational philosophies for society.

Anarchism is the political belief that society should have no government, laws, police, or other authority, but should be a free association of all its members. Anarchism is, in essence a continually debated philosophy with a broad range of viewpoints. An example of one such viewpoint is that of William Godwin, an important anarchist philosopher in Britain during the late 18th century, who believed that the “euthanasia of government” would be achieved through “individual moral reformation”.

Anarchism is a political philosophy taking into account ideas and attitudes which see the state, as mandatory government, to be unnecessary, oppressive, and/or harmful, and promote the elimination of these elements in preference of the anarchist philosophies.

Individual anarchists may or may not have more or less criteria for what constitutes anarchism, and anarchists often disagree with each other on what these criteria are.

According to The Oxford Companion to Philosophy, “there is no single defining position that all anarchists hold, and those considered anarchists at best share a certain family resemblance.”

Anarchism is a political theory which aims to create anarchy, “the absence of a master, of a sovereign.” [P-J Proudhon, What is Property , p. 264] In other words, anarchism is a political theory which aims to create a society within which individuals freely co-operate together as equals. As such, anarchism opposes all forms of hierarchical control – be that control by the state or a capitalist – as harmful to the individual and their individuality as well as unnecessary.

However, “anarchism” and “anarchy” are undoubtedly the most misrepresented ideas in political theory. Generally, the words are used to mean “chaos” or “without order,” and so, by implication, anarchists desire social chaos and a return to the “laws of the jungle.” This, generally is not always the case.

Our extensive archive presents articles and guides on anarchism including; defining anarchy, social class war, anarchy as a form of democracy and much more.


A Reality Check On Anarchy

Also titled: How to be an anarchist & still avoid a prison term - Discusses the finer details of the authors impression of an anarchist. Interesting point of view from an "outsider" and provides interesting ideology for which one may wish to adopt themselves. ...

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Defining Anarchism

Anarchism has been defined many ways by many different sources. The word anarchism is taken from the word anarchy which is drawn from dual sources in the Greek language. It is made up of the Greek words av (meaning: absence of[and pronounced "an"] and apxn (meaning: authority or government [andpronounced "arkhe"]). ...

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Tenets and Commandments of Nihilism

Tenets and Commandments of Nihilism will help the reader to identify what exactly is Nihilism. This doctrine will make you aware of a philosophy that completely denies all established authority and institutions. Read on -- ...

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Unabomber Manifesto: Industrial Society and Its Future

[[the washington post, september 19, 1995, separate pullout. Note: single brackets [ ] are in the post document.]] *this text was sent last june to the new york times and the washington post by the person who calls himself "fc," identified by the fbi as the unabomber, whom authorities have implicated in three murders and 16 bombings. The author threatened to send a bomb to an unspecified destination "with i ...

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Anarchy is Democracy

Is Anarchy Democracy? Explore the theory of anarchy being "real" democracy, rather than democracy as we know it. This in-depth article discusses the downfalls of the popular notion of democracy and highlights anarchism as true freedom. ...

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Anarchist Theory FAQ

Anarchist Theory Explained, does exactly that, explains the philosophies, principles and history of anarchism. This article is the perfect introduction to the world of anarchism. ...

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Anti-Authoritarian

This piece specifically tries to answer why people turn to Anti-Authoritarianism. Larry Giddings, an anti-authoritarian POW while serving two life sentences in jail, writes about his views, opinions and experiences that justifies anti-authoritarian political outlook. ...

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An Anarchist Defense of Pornography

An Anarchist Defense of Pornography is an interesting article which discusses anti-pornography movement, its merits/demerits and shows how anti-porners who seek to protect others from porn, are wrong. Read why some anarchists defend pornography and thereby freedom of expression -- ...

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Response to Criticism on Anarchy

There are people will always go up against anarchism and these anti-anarchists have framed certain points Opposing Anarchy and saying that anarchist ideals wont help to run a state. This article is written with an objective to answer their questions and respond to their criticisms-- You wont be disappointed! ...

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Objections to Anarchism

This remarkable article is an attempt to put forward arguments against Anarchy and Anarchism by asking questions and providing answers to those questions in a simple and concise way. Read on to know the flaws in anarchism and thus know why anarchy cannot be an acceptable way of life in modern world. ...

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Against Age Discrimination

In 'Against Age Discrimination' the author strives for youth rights. Read on to know changes that according to anarchists needs to be made to fix or minimize the current youth problems such as violence, hostility and abuse. ...

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Social Class War

Social Class War educates the reader on the reasons behind the class and race struggle. You will read on how the society is segregated in terms of class and is dominated by the State, Capitalism and the Ruling Class which ultimately results in a Social Class War. ...

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What Is Anarchism?

What Is Anarchism? details the responses given by Chomsky when asked on the subject of anarchism in an interview. A very interesting read as you will gain a lot of knowledge on anarchistic ideology. ...

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