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I once heard Noam Chomsky describe himself as one. I have never heard the term before. If it is a valid term, what does it mean beyond the obvious mash up?

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    Do you have any context for his self-description? I'm used to hearing anarcho-syndicalist instead. – Geobits Mar 15 '15 at 1:57
  • Mr. Chomsky said he was a anarchosocialist in answer to a question about his political views. – Vincent Ashley Mar 17 '15 at 20:28
  • Is there anything specific that you seek in an answer that isn't covered by Wikipedia article? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_anarchism – user4012 Mar 18 '15 at 22:13
  • No, anarchy is related to a state of liberty with no order. It is correctly referred to as Anarcho-Socialism. – William O'day Mar 18 '15 at 23:08
  • -1, and I'm voting to close because (1) most importantly, "valid" is not defined and is in the eye of the beholder; (2) what it means is fully covered in relevant Wikipedia article. There is a seed of a good question here but not as asked. – user4012 Mar 20 '15 at 13:59
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As anarchism is a subset of socialism the term feels very odd. enter image description here

Anarchism belongs in the lower left quadrant of this chart.

  • Not really. Anarchism and socialism have some commonalities (as well as politiccal alignments) but they are very distinct systems. Anarchism is a political system implying lack of government (with no direct economic component in general), whereas socialism is mostly an economic (and political) system with centralized economy planning, and a government by the "proletarians and peasants" in theory and Party elite and bureaucrats in practice). – user4012 Mar 18 '15 at 22:12
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    @DVK You are thinking of the authoritarian socialism. Anarchism belongs to the libertarian socialism branch. – liftarn Mar 19 '15 at 8:10
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    Totally wrong. Anarcho-capitalism is opposing socialism to the extreme. – doc Jul 3 '15 at 11:49
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    @TellyneckBendosack Anarcho-capitalism is anarchism only in name, it has nothing to do with the political ideology of anarchism. – liftarn Feb 15 '16 at 8:22
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    @TellyneckBendosack You can't really prove a negative, but you can observe that "anarcho"-capitalism has no ties with the anarchist tradition. It appears it just popped up totally independently after someone looked up anarchism in a pocket dictionary. – liftarn Feb 19 '16 at 11:57

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