A non-hierarchical society in which private property and the division of classes is abolished and the world is comprised of autonomous collectives containing no authority.
Anarchism differs from other ideologies on the left such as socialism, specifically in terms of how the social transformation from capitalism - which in Marxism theory is the last stage of class society - to a communistic society will actually occur.
Proponents of the anarchist doctrine look to the immediate abolition of the state as essential towards the transformation from class society to anarchist society, in which only then can true human liberation and democracy flourish. This often comes in the form of abstention from mainstream political engagement altogether. This usually leads to the rejection of electoralism or parliamentarianism as a means of achieving change. Most anarchists seek to create an immediate version of what human society is supposed to look like in the future. This often comes in the form of non-hierarchical organizations, communes, affinity groups, and so on. Socialists on the other hand see the existence of a revolutionary workers party as indispensible towards building a new society. Socialists also favor parliamentarianism as a tool towards heightening the consciousness of the worker.
There are different versions to the anarchist doctrine such as anarcho-syndicalism, anarcho-libertarianism, anarcho-communism, etc.
Anarchism as an ideology is said to have gone back to as far as the early 18th century with thinkers such as William Godwin. Other following theorists such as Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Mikhail Bakunin, Emma Goldman and most recently Murray Bookchin have all added a substantial amount of knowledge to the anarchist tradition.
There are hardly any mass anarchist organizations in the US currently, although there has been a recent revival in anarchist ideas, predominantly among student activists. Groups such as Students For A Democratic Society, and the recent creation of the NYMAA (New York Metro Anarchist Alliance) are all signs of a new wave of anarchist activity to come.
Anarchism in times of dormancy, can become confined to its lifestyle variations. Vegans, vegetarians, consumer boycotters, and individuals comprising the animal liberation and anti-globalization movements tend to look to anarchist ideas as a way to shape society.
Throughout history, the anarchist doctrine has always been a idea espoused by people who were generally outside of the realms of mass industrial production such as doctors, lawyers, craftsmen, artisans, etc. These days, anarchism has seen its revival in the punk rock movement, which contains mostly white middle class surburban teens and young adults. It has never really deterred from that particular socio-economic level, at least not in the advanced capitalist countries.
Anarchism reflects the politics of impatience.
Por Damien E 03 de noviembre de 2007
1) Anarchism is a political ideology followed by anarchists. Although many people belive anarchism to be a type of communism, anarchists actually regard communism as state perpetrated captialism.

Anarchism regards any form of heirachical authority system as undesirable and aims to promote a co-operative system of organisation.

Anarchism regards wages, interest and rent as harmful; prefering instead that workers own their own labour.

Many political thinkers see a totaly anarchic system as unworkable, however moderate anarchists do exist in the same way that moderates of other political ideologies (such as conservatism, socialism and capitalism) exist.

Anarchism should not be confused with the pure free-market systems sometimes proposed by, so called, anarcho-capitalists.

2) Anarchism is a philisophical conjecture that the natural state of human-beings is one of social interaction and co-operation as equals.
1) I would like to vote for someone who belives in Anarchism, but they don't often stand for election.

2) In a society organised by Anarchism no-one should force anyone else to do something.
Por Flame 29 de agosto de 2003
1. The belief that all forms of goverment are oppressive and therefore undesirable.
2. The desire to therefore create a "Utopia" based on free human cooperation in which all members of the "Utopia" are equal without laws, class, prejudice, militarism or hierarchy or the need there of.
3. Recognizing that a autonomous community is the embodiment of this "Utopia" based on emperical examples which have manifested through out the course of history.
Examples of Anarchism are all around us. Like when a stop light goes out and the all drivers take turns crossing the street, during a mosh pit at a punk show when all those in the mosh pit help someone up who has fallen instead of trampling them or at a dinner where all those eating divide the duties of the meal up equally. Anarchism is basically voluntary human cooperation. It's mutual trading out of respect for each other as oppose to trading based on the forces you can bring to bare on each other. It's order without oppression and Democracy without goverment.

Those who are uneducated about the history of Anarchism will tell you that it will never work. In all actuallity it does work to varying degrees. Burning Man, the E.Z.L.N, the Spanish Revolution, the Paris commune and African tribes are just some of the many examples to name a few.

There are many forms of Anarchism. Ranging from but not limited to, Anarcho-Primitism to Anarcho-Feminism to Anarcho-Communism or to my owm personal choice, Anarcho-Syndicalism.

Some key Anarchist thinkers include but once again are not limited to Emma Goldman, Peter Kropotkin, John Zerzan, Pierre Proudhon and Rudolf Rocker.

On a personal note, I would ask everyone reading this to set aside they're prejudices and actually read up on the subject if it so intruges them.
Por Cam Damage 01 de diciembre de 2006
The name given to a principle or theory of life and conduct under which society is conceived without government-harmony in such a society being obtained, not by submission to law, or by obedience to any athority, but free agreements concluded between the various groups, territorial and professional, freely constituted for the sake of production and consumption, as also for the satisfaction of the infinite variety of needs and asporations of a civilized being.
Most of you twits know nothing about anarchism and are really ignorant about the subject.
Por Peter Kropotkin 13 de septiembre de 2003
Anarchism is the belief that authority is unnecessary and harmful. Anarchists oppose the unearned privilege of the upper class, the virtual domestication of humanity, and the absurd notion that Bush is better qualified than you are to run your own life. Anarchism is generally considered a form of socialism that rejects the state as well as capitalism, but some anarchists, particularly primitivists and post-left anarchists, are hard to classify as socialist, per se.

Anarchism has been given a bad name by its associations with wanton violence, punk music, and so on. However, none of these are inherently tied to anarchism (some anarchists have even been pacifists). Nonetheless, the image of the anarchist as a wantonly anti-social rebel has been exploited by many clothing lines and punk bands attempting to cash in on the image.

Anarchism is often confused with ochlocracy, nihilism, objectivism and other forms of laissez faire capitalism, and Nietzscheanism. However, it should be noted that anarchism is, with few exceptions, socialist and consistantly anti-capitalist. While some anarchists do come off as rather nihilistic, the idea itself is not necessarily part of anarchism. Obviously, as well, Nietzscheanism and anarchism have little in common since Nietzsche was a stauch supporter of hierarchy and a defender of slavery.

Common symbols of anarchism include the circle A and the black flag. Well-known anarchists include Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman, and Peter Kropotkin.
If you want the truth, I suggest you look into the books on anarchism, such as Kropotkin's Conquest of Bread.
Por Eddy1701 03 de abril de 2006
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.
Por Gyro 09 de junio de 2002
The belief that all forms of government are oppressive and should be abloished. It's also a belief that many people are too close-minded, ignorant, and governmentally dependent too actually sit back and think about on a regular basis. It's more than a "circled A" or kicking over political signs (contrary to popular belief.) It's people realizing that we're all equal, and noone is wise enough to rule over his fellow man, no person is better than another! So the next time you say "anarchy is dumb and it'll never work" or "it's so immature", pull your head out of your arse and think about it.
no, i don't shop at hot topic, nor do i like all those poser bands so many enjoy. hot topic is overpriced crap and it's very contrdictary to buy anarchy merchandise there becasue it has sales tax which goes to the government. MAKE YOUR OWN CLOTHES AND JEWELRY!
Por redandblack 05 de abril de 2005
The idea of a group of people existing without need for law. A sociopolitical doctrine stating that government is a self serving machine. People that dont necesarily coexist but they live for their better tomorrow.
For all the people who decide to bash anarchism go away. Anarchy means no government It does not mean lack of order!
Por Leader0fL0stSouls 02 de junio de 2005

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