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.
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The belief that the state is an unecessary oppressive institution that infringes upon the personal liberties of the individual. Anarchists believe that if the state were to collapse, and all means of social and economic organization were left up to the individual, people would associate freely amongst each other and practice more efficent or more favorable socio-economic organizational tactics without the intervention of an external coercive authority.
Proponents of anarchism include Proudhon, Goldman, Chomsky, and Bakunin who are among some of the most famous anarchist philosophers.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
by redandblack April 5, 2005
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NOT as many people think simply not having a government and hierachy, but a PEACEFUL HARMOIOUS state where people are educated to think for themselves.
Most people see this as unworkable because they don't see the second half. Afghanistan, for example is not properly anarchic, as warlords etc still fight to control land. If only they could see how much happier we'd all be if we got along and took time to understand each other....
Basically most common sense is supported by anarchism : Free thought, listening to other people's opinions, pacifism, lack of oppression etc
by a man April 26, 2005
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