Questions tagged [anarchism]

a political theory holding all forms of governmental authority to be unnecessary and undesirable and advocating a society based on voluntary cooperation and free association of individuals and groups.

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Did any of the founding fathers anticipate Lysander Spooner's criticism of the constitution?

In his 1870 work "No Treason" - Lysander Spooner writes: “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we ...
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The most popular anarchist movements?

What are the largest anarchist organisations internationally by membership? I am curious about the relative popularity of different anarchist ideologies, to understand if say, anarcho-capitalism is ...
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What is the difference between Communism and Anarchism?

Can anybody please explain me, in brief, the difference between Communists and Anarchists?
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What is the difference between libertarianism and anarchism?

For sometime now, I am studying about Anarchism, Marxism and Left Communism. There seems to be a particular ideologies like "Libertarian Socialism", "Anarco-Communism" and "Anarco-Capitalism". They ...
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Without government, who would build the roads?

In an Anarcho-capitalist society, where there is no government, who would build the roads?
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What is the difference between Anarcho-syndicalism and Collectivist anarchism?

I've read Wikipedia's definitions for these: Anarcho-syndicalism Collectivist anarchism. But I can't really discriminate between the two. Is the difference about the revolt of the workers ...
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Has there been a non-trivial, stable, and functional anarchy?

Has there ever been a non-trivial, stable, and functional anarchy? Sure there are lots of small groups that operate on personal relationships and don't have what could be called a government. I don't ...
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Who does the most unpleasant dirty work in full communism?

In an anarchist society, or a society of "higher" or full communism, who does the necessary and necessarily unpleasant work required to keep society functioning?
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Why don't black people embrace anarcho-capitalism when it would encourage groups like the Black Panthers? [closed]

This film described how the corrupt government police murdered Fred Hampton in his home. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tlw_Kp0By10 Most black people felt that was unjust. Yet, most black people ...
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How do the political/economical systems in the Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities and the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria compare?

As far as I'm aware, there are currently two places in the world de facto run in a more or less anarchist way: The Municipios Autónomos Rebeldes Zapatistas in Chiapas, México; and the Democratic ...
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How has governance by the Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities affected quality of life in the areas where they are active?

The Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities (Municipios Autónomos Rebeldes Zapatistas) (MARZ) are an apparently anarchist structure of government in rural Chiapas, Mexico. I can find very little ...
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Shouldn't anarchism be far-right, since right-wing politics opposes “big government”?

Shouldn't anarchism be far-right, since right-wing politics opposes "big government" and favours less government influence? Anarchism has basically no government influence, so shouldn't it be the most ...
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But without government, who will take care of the poor? [closed]

Without government, who will take care of the poor? One government defines poverty as $11,888/yr for an individual.
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How would a privatized society deal with disputes over flows of air and water? [closed]

In a society based around private property rights, original appropriation, with no state, are there any proposed methods for dealing with disputes that involve flows of air and water? (So "Muh EPA!" ...
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Does the increased localization of government control provide a solution to the stalemate caused by two party politics?

I was considering posting this in the Philosophy S.E., to ask if this was an example of The Middle Ground Fallacy, but then realized that my context is entirely political. Much of federal politics in ...
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Is Collectivist Anarchist inconsistent?

Collectivist Anarchist is collectivist in that it reject ownership of means of production, and it is anarchist in that it rejects the state (and generally, capitalism). This form of anarchist ...
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What options are available to a person who rejects the authority of the state (an anarchist)?

What options are available to a U.S. citizen who rejects the authority of all levels of government (an anarchist in the strict sense)? This hypothetical person wants neither the protection of the ...
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How would an anarchist society deal with insurgents?

Selecting Anarchism as an example, it defends a state of affairs without coercion or oppression, and it also defends, at least from what I read, the abolishment of prisons. What would one do with the ...
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What are the differences (in principles and in practice) between direct democracy and anarchy

Following Wikipedia, [d]irect democracy (also known as pure democracy)[1] is a form of democracy in which people decide (e.g. vote on, form consensus on) policy initiatives directly. (...) [D]...
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How did the FBI decide antifa were anarchists?

US security services DHS and FBI have studied the "antifa" movement and described its members as anarchists and terrorists. Honestly, I was not aware of any antifa terror attacks, nor any connection ...
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Why are demonstrations in the EU more violent and massive than in the US?

To be honest I haven't seen in the US a massive riots with burning cars, destroying McDonalds and flying Molotov cocktails like here: Athens War Zone: Latest dramatic footage of Syntagma square riots ...
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Anarcho-Communism distribution of wealth

How would a society based on anarcho-communism, or even communism without state, distribute the wealth so people could buy food, leisure products and other varied items. Who would distribute the ...
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What laws would an anarchical country have?

Since no official attempts to my knowledge have been made to form fully fledged anarchical societies, at least not on any significant scale, I thought it would be interesting to present the above ...
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Without government, wouldn't warlords take over? [closed]

In an Anarcho-capitalist society, where there is no government, wouldn't warlords of competing factions take over?
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How are quarrels managed according to anarchism?

I've read a lot about anarchism but I failed to understand how the rules are enforced. Since anarchism refuses any form of vertical power, there is no police in anarchy, but there may be free ...
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If there's no government, who will stop people from creating one?

How does the doctrine(s) of anarchism address the following issue: If there's no government, no army, no central police, who will stop local charismatic leaders from taking over the power and ...
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How do anarchist decision models scale?

I have personally experienced anarchist decision models in groups of people up to several hundred people. Building consensus around a particular decision in smaller "affinity groups", sending ...
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Is an Anarchosocialist a valid political term?

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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Are anarcho-communists territorial?

AFAIK anarcho-communists consider owning a private property as a violation of NAP. It implies that land also can not be owned. Thus if we consider anarcho-communists living on some territory, will ...
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How does Anarcho Communism solve the temporal division of labor problem?

How does AnCom solve the temporal division of labor problem? Presumably no one wants to live in a cave. Take a pencil, for example. To manufacture it requires a rubber tree farm, a logging territory, ...
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What special regulations make Freetown Christiania autonomous?

Freetown Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood in Copenhagen. Picture from Wikimedia Commons, Bruno Jargot Christiania is an anarchist, autonomous community. According to ...