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.
by Damien E November 03, 2007

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A system of government (or lack there of) where everyone can do their own thing (that means ANYTHING) Anarchism is an idiots version of socialism, i.e. the state is the people and thereby serves the people by working for the common good, and halting those who do not (in most cases, corporations)-socialism. The funny thing about anarchism is, with no government to hold down greedy companies, anarchism becomes "corportate republicanism", (Sid Meyers, Civilization) whereby big business controls every aspect of life, from utilities and the military, to your paycheck and children's education, and the only democracy is between the leaders of major business around the globe. In essence, rather than bringin us towards a utopia, anarchism bring us closer to the ultimate exploitation of the human race.
Anarchists practice anarchism, and are idiots.

Anarchism is a lack of government
by Peter Finn June 10, 2005

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Based on the theory that everyone wants to do good.
Most potheads that dress in black all the time and write pseduo-suicidal poetry claim they are anarchist.
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the dumbest excuse for a fad i have ever had the misfortune to live through. Its for dumbshit teenagers who feel the idiotic need to "rebel" against their parents and other forms of power when really if they were without their parents for more than a day or two they would probably starve. :)
1st guy: Anarchists suck
2nd guy: Yeah
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Noun
1.} Horribly idealistic "state" where no figure leads the "nation." People are free to do as they wish, unfortunately people often choose to hurt others.
2.} Often adapted by teens wishing to be cool. Note especially the "pnk" genre of music.
"Aww, yeah, Billy! Ferget the Government, let's go be Anarchists because it is cool!"
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Perfect state of humanity where if you want something, take it; Every man for himself, no taxes, nobody tells you what to do; Iraq
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No government. Sucks a lot. Communism is way better. Long live Lenin!!!!
If you want anarchism, then move to Afghanistan...
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Anarchism... Stands for liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion; the liberation of the human body from the dominion of property; liberation of shackles and restraint of government. It stands for social order based on the free grouping of individuals.- John Teller
Johny has no Boss, he believes in Anarchism
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