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Anarchism is a generic name given to theories and movements that call for the abolition of government and other forms of authority.

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Anarchism: the basics

In contrast to common misconceptions, the anarchy sought by most anarchists is emphatically not the absence of order, rules, and organized structure -- the proper name of which is chaos or anomie. On the contrary, the anarchy sought by anarchists is the absence of hierarchy, power and authority, which the anarchists consider as immoral, oppressive, detrimental, and sources of violence, disorder and misery. Anarchists claim that human relations should be based only upon voluntary associations.

For historical details about the word "anarchism", and information on its proper usage, see the article etymology of the word anarchism. See also the word "libertarian".

Diversity of Anarchism

On first approximation, we can distinguish three main trends in anarchist traditions:

These trends are not always mutually exclusive, and do not cover all the nuances of anarchist movements that may or may not be loosely attached to them.

For more details, see the article Diversity of anarchism.

Thematic articles

Anarchism is vast subject that touches a lot of topics. Below are links to articles that discuss and argue various aspects of anarchism, from the points of view of anarchists of various trends, as well as of non-anarchists.

See also

Terms of Anarchist Theory

External links

  • The Anarchist Theory FAQ (http://www.gmu.edu/departments/economics/bcaplan/anarfaq.htm) as posted (http://www.faqs.org/faqs/anarchy/theory/faq/) on Usenet, "with a strong emphasis upon the many Net controversies between left-anarchists and anarcho-capitalists."
  • Also note the Anarchist FAQ (http://www.infoshop.org/faq/index), a FAQ written by (left) anarchists.

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