“An Anarchist FAQ” is a FAQ written by an international work group of social anarchists connected through the internet. It documents anarchist theory and ideas. Anarchist FAQ (Jun 22, ); A Why is anarchism also called libertarian socialism? A Is it possible to be an anarchist without opposing hierarchy?. 10 Mar This is easily the most comprehensive FAQ on anarchist theory, history and practice available today. The Anarchist FAQ provides the answers.

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While there are many different types of anarchism from individualist anarchism to communist-anarchism — see section A.

They then choose someone and send him [or her] to reach an agreement with other delegates of the same kind Who expects the emancipation of mankind to come, not from the persistent and harmonious co-operation of all men [and women] of progress, but from the accidental or providential anarchizt of some acts of heroism, is not better advised that one anarchisg expected it from the intervention of an ingenious legislator or of a victorious general We simply recognise that vesting power in the hands of one ajarchist or an elite is never a good idea, as people are not perfect.

Kropotkin placed the struggle of working anarchjst people from which modern anarchism sprung on par with these older forms of popular organisation. So while society and the groups they join shapes the individual, the individual is the true basis of society. We are sure, however, that all anarchists will agree with the core ideas we present, even if they may disagree with our application of them here and there. Thus anarchism combines the subjective evaluation by individuals of a given set of circumstances and actions with the drawing of objective interpersonal conclusions of these evaluations based upon empathic bounds and discussion between equals.

Under such conditions, there can be ansrchist society-wide solidarity, but only a partial form of solidarity within classes whose interests are opposed, which weakens society as a whole. It comes as no surprise to anarchists, however, that scientists working in Tsarist Russia developed a theory of evolution based on cooperation within species, quite unlike their counterparts in capitalist Britain, who developed a theory based on competitive struggle within and between species.

Anarchism is based on a humanistic approach to ethical ideas, one that evolves along with society and individual development. I want to appreciate all the beauties of the world.

Register anarchiwt email alerts from WSM. So while social and individualist anarchists do disagree on many issues — for example, whether a true, that is non-capitalist, free market would be the best means of maximising liberty — they agree that capitalism is to be opposed as exploitative and oppressive and that an anarchist society must, by definition, be based on associated, anarchidt wage, labour.


The organisation can dictate everything from our clothing and hair style to how we spend a large portion of our lives, during work. It opposes both the insidious growth of state power and the pernicious ethos of possessive individualism, which, together or separately, ultimately serve only the interests of the few at the expense of the rest. As Vanzetti put it:. The crushing and distorting effects of authority can only be overcome by self-activity. Thus the rational for voluntarism i.

The few anarchists who reject direct democracy within free associations generally support consensus in decision making. This means a hierarchical society fqq encourage certain anarcist traits to dominate while an anarchist one would encourage others. Michael Bakunin, one of the founding anarchist thinkers, expressed this radical scepticism as so:.

They also consider individuality — that which makes one a unique person — to be a most important aspect of humanity.

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This means that real anarchists are opposed to all forms of hierarchical anzrchist, not only the state. Moreover, it gave the media and opponents of anarchism a chance to associate anarchism with mindless violence, thus alienating much of the population from the movement.

As the Freedom Group of London argued:. Section I discusses what we aim to replace it with, i.

If anarchism is anarchust rejection of illegitimate authorities, then it follows that it is the rejection of the so-called Ultimate Authority, God. Anarchists consider freedom to be the only social environment within which human dignity and diversity can flower. Anarchism seeks to arouse the consciousness of oppression, the desire for a better society, and a sense of the necessity for unceasing warfare against capitalism and the State.

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Only in freedom can man [sic! Anarchists, it should be noted, try to create as much of this society today, in their organisations, struggles and activities, as they can. For authority is the opposite of liberty, and hence any form of organisation based on the delegation of power is a threat to the liberty and dignity of the people subjected to that power.

Means and ends are linked, with direct action generating mass participatory organisations and preparing people to directly manage their own personal and collective interests. Major decisions are made at the top and we are expected to obey, whether we work in an ivory tower or a mine shaft. I hope to be happy! While being anti-authoritarians, anarchists recognise that human beings have a social nature and that they mutually influence each other.


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Regarding the first objection, anarchists plead guilty. To attack one of them is equivalent to attacking all of them. Then alone will be realised the true and life-giving order of freedom and the common good, that order which, far from denying, on the contrary affirms and brings into harmony the interests of individuals and of society. Combined with these factors is the role played by inequality within society. Domination also stifles innovation and personal responsibility, leading to conformity and mediocrity.

An Anarchist FAQ – A.1 What is anarchism?

This is not only true in private life; it has always been the same in political life as well. The terms socialism and communism appear in England around the s as terms adopted by So, in an anarchist society associations would be run by mass assemblies of all involved, based upon extensive discussion, debate and co-operative conflict between equals, with purely administrative tasks being handled by elected committees.

Anarchism, therefore, is a political theory that aims to create a society which is without political, economic or social hierarchies. To wnarchist all consume the same would be tyranny. We must seek to get all the people The coercive imposition of the majority will is contrary anarchiist the ideal of self-assumed obligation, and so is contrary to direct democracy and free association.

Their obedience training at work carries over into the families they start, thus reproducing the system in more ways than one, and into politics, culture and everything else. These needs, at their most basic, are liberty, equality and solidarity, which will be discussed in section A.

Anarchists oppose the idea that power and domination are necessary for society, and instead advocate more co-operative, anti-hierarchical forms of social, political and economic organisation. Work is a much better explanation for the creeping anachist all around us than even such significant moronising mechanisms as television and education.

It is no abstract philosophy.