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.