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Anarchism

Anarchism

Political ideology that holds all government – as in the state – to be undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful

Anarchism is an anti-authoritarian political philosophy that advocates self-governed societies based on voluntary, cooperative institutions and the rejection of hierarchies those societies view as unjust. These institutions are often described as stateless societies, although several authors have defined them more specifically as distinct institutions based on non-hierarchical or free associations. Anarchism holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary and harmful. Anarchism is often considered a far-left ideology and much of its economics and legal philosophy reflect anti-authoritarian interpretations of communism, collectivism, syndicalism, mutualism, or participatory economics. As anarchism does not offer a fixed body of doctrine from a single particular worldview, many anarchist types and traditions exist and varieties of anarchy diverge widely. Anarchist schools of thought can differ fundamentally, supporting anything from extreme individualism to complete collectivism. Strains of anarchism have often been divided into the categories of social and individualist anarchism, or similar dual classifications.

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Author
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Type
Date

Chomsky explaining real anarchism

Web

November 20, 2015

Intro to Anarchy: Power & Violence | Philosophy Tube

Web

January 20, 2017

Introduction to the History of Anarchism

Web

August 13, 2018

What is anarchism? | a brief introduction

Web

February 8, 2020

What Is Anarchism? Noam Chomsky on Capitalism, Socialism, Free Markets (2013)

Web

March 27, 2015

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