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  Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Anarchism and society
anarchism An array of philosophical and political positions arguing that human societies function best without government or authority, and which suggest that the natural state of people is one of living together harmoniously and freely, without such intervention.
anarchism The belief that government and law should be abolished and society organized by voluntary means without resort to force or compulsion.
In one of his postings he said: The concept of anarchism has always appealed to me. The idea of the innate goodness of the individual that is corrupted by society or the system.
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  Anarchism - MSN Encarta
Anarchism, political concept and social movement that advocates the abolition of any form of State, which is regarded as coercive, and its replacement with voluntary organization.
Anarchism arose out of the ideological ferment of the French Revolution and in reaction to both the European bureaucratic nation state and the advent of large-scale industrial capitalism.
Anarchism was shaped by several generations of thinkers and activists who lived between the first half of the 19th century and the first three decades of the 20th century.
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 Learn more about Anarchism in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Anarchism is a generic term given to political philosophies advocating a society without traditional forms of government.
Anarchism first achieved mass media attention during the Second Industrial Revolution, when anarchists assassinated rulers of Russia (1881); the French Republic (1894); Italy (1900); and the United States (1901).
Though anarchists took control of large areas of the east of Spain during the civil war in the 1930s, anarchism was never taken as a central ideology for any nation or society for any significant length of time.
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 Chomsky on Anarchism
I tend to agree that anarchism is formless and utopian, though hardly more so than the inane doctrines of neoliberalism, Marxism-Leninism, and other ideologies that have appealed to the powerful and their intellectual servants over the years, for reasons that are all too easy to explain.
Anarchism, in my view, is an expression of the idea that the burden of proof is always on those who argue that authority and domination are necessary.
As I understand the term "anarchism," it is based on the hope (in our state of ignorance, we cannot go beyond that) that core elements of human nature include sentiments of solidarity, mutual support, sympathy, concern for others, and so on.
www.zmag.org /chomsky/interviews/9612-anarchism.html   (2159 words)

  
 ANARCHISM.net: The Structure of Anarchist Society
Despite this fundamental characteristic of post-state society many anarchist thinkers forward their idea of how the free society is constituted; from anarcho-communist Bakunin’s “union of unions of unions” to anarcho-capitalist Rothbard’s free market society.
Equality is thus animportant part of anarchism and freedom, since every man and woman naturally isa free being; they are equally free though limited to their own ability and subjectto the laws of physics and nature.
A society where creation ispunished by the use of force of the non-creating is a barbarian society withonly limitations.
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 sociology - Anarchism
Anarchism is a term which encompasses a variety of political philosophies, social movements, and political ideologies that advocate the abolition of all forms of imposed or involuntary authority including social hierarchy and coercive power.
Individual freedom and opposition to the state are the unvarying principles of anarchism; less agreed upon are such matters as the role of violence in changing society, the preferred type of economic system, hierarchy and social status, the interpretation of egalitarian ideals, and the degree of organization, manner of incentive and the division of labour.
Insurrectionary anarchism is not an ideological solution to all social problems, a commodity on the capitalist market of ideologies and opinions, but an on-going praxis aimed at putting an end to the domination of the state and the continuance of capitalism, which requires analysis and discussion to advance.
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 The Negativity of Anarchism - David Weick
Anarchism can be understood as the generic social and political Idea that expresses negation of all power, sovereignty, domination, and hierarchical division, and a will to their dissolution; and expresses rejection of all the dichotomizing concepts that on ground of Nature, Reason, History, God or other, divide people into those dominant and those justly subordinated.
Anarchism then is the social and political philosophy that proposes the eradicating of all divisions between (political) haves and havenots, the dissolving rather than the redistributing of power; and the abolishing of identities of ruler and subject, leader and led, learned and ignorant, superior and inferior, master and servant, human and inhuman.
Anarchism rather than Marxism may be capable of sustaining a conception of genuine social dialectic, for Marx's theory of superstructure and the primacy of impersonal economic forces inhibits, if it does not entirely rule out, an apprehension of continuous interplay among the many arenas of politics and liberation.
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 Anarchism: Past and Present
Bourgeois society does not achieve society's domination of nature; rather, it literally desocializes society by making it an object to be appropriated by inorganic nature, by the bourgeois in his inner being and his social being.
The seeming "atavism" of Anarchism -- its attempts to retain artisanship, the mutual aid of the community, a closeness to nature and enlightened ethical norms -- are its virtues insofar as they seek to retain those richly articulated, cooperative, and self-expressive forms of human consociation scaled to human dimensions.
Anarchism, in effect, provides the materials for an analysis of the nature of freedom and the nature of oppression that go beyond the conventional economistic, nexus of capitalist society into the very sensibility, structure, and nature of human consociation as such.
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 Center for a Stateless Society » About Market Anarchism
Market Anarchism is the doctrine that the legislative, adjudicative, and protective functions unjustly and inefficiently monopolised by the coercive State should be entirely turned over to the voluntary, consensual forces of market society.
Indeed, society already does this via coercive taxes, but much of that expense is hidden, wasted, and fundamentally disconnected from the use of the transportation infrastructure, creating the illusion that road systems are somehow "free".
Anarchism generally postulates the abolition of such imposition and asserts the moral superiority of order arising naturally from the freely chosen actions of all.
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 Anarchism and Other Essays: Anarchism: What It Really Stands For
Anarchism urges man to think, to investigate, to analyze every proposition; but that the brain capacity of the average reader be not taxed too much, I also shall begin with a definition, and then elaborate on the latter.
Anarchism is the only philosophy which brings to man the consciousness of himself; which maintains that God, the State, and society are non-existent, that their promises are null and void, since they can be fulfilled only through man's subordination.
Anarchism is the great liberator of man from the phantoms that have held him captive; it is the arbiter and pacifier of the two forces for individual and social harmony.
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 Notes on Anarchism
Rudolf Rocker describes modern anarchism as "the confluence of the two great currents which during and since the French revolution have found such characteristic expression in the intellectual life of Europe: Socialism and Liberalism." The classical liberal ideals, he argues, were wrecked on the realities of capitalist economic forms.
Anarchism is necessarily anticapitalist in that it "opposes the exploitation of man by man." But anarchism also opposes "the dominion of man over man." It insists that "socialism will be free or it will not be at all.
The society of the future must be concerned to "replace the detail-worker of today...reduced to a mere fragment of a man, by the fully developed individual, fit for a variety of labours...to whom the different social functions...are but so many modes of giving free scope to his own natural powers."
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 anarchism and the arts - Anarchopedia
The influence of anarchism is not always directly a matter of specific imagery or public figures, but may be seen in a certain stance towards the liberation of the total human being and the imagination.
Anarchism had a large influence on French Symbolism of the late 19th century, such as that of Stéphane Mallarmé, who was quoting as saying "Je ne sais pas d'autre bombe, qu'un livre.
Anarchism has traditionally emphasized the liberation of the imagination and subjectivity from the constraints of the present social order, so it is no surprise that many anarchists are attracted to the work of the surrealists.
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 anarchism - Anarchopedia
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.
Anarchism, therefore, is a political theory that aims to create a society which is without political, economic or social hierarchies.
Anarchism unites critical analysis with hope, for, as Bakunin pointed out, "the urge to destroy is a creative urge." One cannot build a better society without understanding what is wrong with the present one.
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 Thinking about Anarchism : Anarchism, socialism and freedom   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Anarchism has been deliberately slandered and misrepresented, not only by those running this society but also by most on the Left.
Anarchism views society, what it is and how it should be, on the basis of two fundamental pillars.
Those socialists who follow the ideas of Lenin hold that such a society can only be built by using the State structures, albeit a "workers state", under the leadership of their Party.
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 Anarchism and society information - Search.com
Anarchists also argue that security of communities would be much more effective by having methods that everyone can have access, control over, and input into, as opposed to statist institutions that are controlled by a small minority, and lead to a population's alienation regarding their public lives.
Social services that are needed in societies that are specialized, (such as teaching and medicine), would be carried out by those interested in those set "jobs".
In regards to solving issues of crime and settling disputes, anarchists generally are in favor of councils, courts, and assemblies of community mediation and discourse.
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 Thinking about anarchism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
An important principle of anarchism and one that more than any other differentiates it from other types of socialism is its emphasis on freedom and non-hierarchical social relations.
A revolution essentially is a sudden upheaval in society which fundamentally alters the way that society operates or who that society is run by.
Anarchism views society on the basis of two fundamental pillars.
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 Chapter Ten, AMERICAN LIBERAL-ANARCHISM
True, the childlike Anarchism of Thoreau could not possibly be harmful to American society; it was also true that the theory of "Sovereignty of the Individual" had been embedded entirely too long in the social consciousness for anyone in this country to become excited over its enunciation and its attempted practice.
Just as, in America, Nature took the place of society and "freedom" meant nature, as "restraint" meant State and Society, so have many Anarchists proved that their hatred of the State was really the hatred of artificial society and but another side of their love of nature.
Anarchism is anti-authoritarianism and as such is outside the pale of Liberalism, which has always recognized the need of the State and some authority.
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 Anarchism and society - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As with large scale examples of production, (the economy), and communities, ('politics'), many critics of anarchism contend that whole masses of society would not be able to reach consensus on various issues, and such a system would be impossible.
Social services that are needed in societies that are specialized, (such as teaching and medicine), would be carried out by those interested in those set "jobs".
In regards to solving issues of crime and settling disputes, anarchists generally are in favor of councils, courts, and assemblies of community mediation and discourse.
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Similarly divested of history, society, and facticity beyond its own 'metaphors,' lifestyle anarchism lives in an asocial domain in which the ego, with its cryptic desires, must evaporate into logical abstractions.
Indeed, an anarchism that seeks to avoid the shoals of sheer solipsism on the one hand and the loss of the 'self' as a mere 'interpretation' one the other must become explicitly socialist or collectivist.
That is to say, it must be a social anarchism that seeks freedom through structure and mutual responsibility, not through a vaporous, nomadic ego that eschews the preconditions for social life.
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 Free Market Anarchism
These philosophies use anarchy to mean a society based on voluntary cooperation of free individuals.” It is interesting to note that both definitions stress that anarchism is a society based on voluntary cooperation of individuals.
Anarchism does NOT tell one how to use their freedom, what is the best method to live by--just that people should be free to decide.
Anarchism does not tell one to be a socialist, or a capitalist, or believe in religion, or be an atheist, or how to live.
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 Anarchism: Arguments for and against -- by Albert Meltzer
Anarchism is neither a mindless theory of destruction nor, despite some liberal-minded literary conceptions, is it hero-worship of people or institutions, however liberated they might be.
It is true that, in a competitive society, only the possession of independent means enables one to be free of the economy (that is what Proudhon meant when, addressing himself to the self-employed artisan, he said "property is liberty", which seems at first sight a contradiction with his dictum that it was theft).
Anarchism, said Marx, was the movement of the artisan worker -- that is to say, the self-employed craftsman with some leisure to think and talk, not subject to factory hours and discipline, independently-minded and difficult to threaten, not backward like the peasantry.
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 ANARCHISM.net
Anarchism is a widely disputed label, there are probably as many different kinds of anarchisms as there are different ideologies or traditions in statism.
Therefore anarchism is used in a number of ways--by people who want to abolish the government, abolish capitalism, abolish violence, abolish technology, abolish large-scale production, or abolish society.
The obvious answer is “no.” We will lead you towards a better understanding of anarchism and the idea of a free society--where no force is necessary to establish or uphold freedom and liberty.
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 Mass Society, primitivism and anarchism
It is surely a truism that "progress" under a hierarchical society will be shaped by the equalities of power in it.
Similarly, the self-organisation and mass participation required by social struggle and revolution are the first steps in humanising society and civilising a "civilisation" distorted by the barbarism of capitalism and the state.
And this new society would be take the best of existing cultures, technologies and skills to help produce a world of unique individuals who live in diverse communities and experience diverse cultures and ideas.
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 AK Press :: Topic :: Anarchism
During the last decade, anarchism has reappeared in many countries where it was suppressed or forgotten.
Anarchism influenced the early anti-imperialist struggle, but was then pushed aside by state socialism and Marxist-Leninism.
The first of these poems were written during the active days of the late 1960s, and published by the underground press throughout the U.S. and abroad.
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