What Is Anarchism?

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The word derives from the Greek; it means 'without a ruler' and the idea is that all forms of government are oppressive and undesirable and should be abolished.

This week we are looking at anarchism and why it has mostly played a minor role in political life and philosophy. The autonomous collective that is The Philosopher's Zone investigates.

Listen to The Philosopher's Zone episode: Doing without a ruler: In defence of anarchism

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Anarchism is a process whereby authority and domination is being replaced with non-hierarchical, horizontal structures, with voluntary associations between human beings. It is a form of social organisation with a set of key principles, such as self-organisation, voluntary association, freedom, autonomy, solidarity, direct democracy, egalitarianism and mutual aid.

Based on these principles and values, anarchism rejects both a capitalist economy and a nation state that is governed by means of a representative democracy. It is a utopian project that aspires to combine the best parts of liberalism with the best parts of communism...

Continue reading Andreas Wittel's article: What is anarchism all about? 

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Anarchism is a political theory, which is skeptical of the justification of authority and power, especially political power. Anarchism is usually grounded in moral claims about the importance of individual liberty. Anarchists also offer a positive theory of human flourishing, based upon an ideal of non-coercive consensus building. Anarchism has inspired practical efforts at establishing utopian communities, radical and revolutionary political agendas, and various forms of direct action...

Continue reading the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Anarchism

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Related Topics

If you’re interested in anarchism, check out some of the following related topics for more resources:

 Authoritarianism | Authority | Capitalism | Equality | Freedom | Libertarianism | Marxism | Political Philosophy | Power | Socialism

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