Posted 8 years ago on Dec. 7, 2011, 1:14 a.m. EST by wbhyatt
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Okay, i've noticed that sooooo many people don't know what Anarchy means and what it doesn't. This article looks to define Anarchy as a GENERAL movement, specifics can be saved for later through individual research, etc.
The common misunderstanding given by the media is that Anarchism means "chaos" or "no rules." This is not true. Anarchists envision a stateless, classless society where individuals rule themselves and work together on a community-wide basis for a better life for all. Free from rule.
Anarchism is NOT a right wing principle. All of the major Anarchist thinkers (Proudhoun, Kropotkin, Bakunin, Goldman) HATED capitalism. Therefore, right-wing libertarianism has NO connection to Anarchy, which is contrary to popular belief. Most Anarchists are indeed SOCIALISTS. Now you may be wondering how? Okay lets look deeper.
Socialism is defined as the cooperative ownership of property and the means of production. True socialism is moneyless and classless, and the workers work together to produce their goods. This means they do NOT have a boss in the workforce commanding them what to do. The USSR and Chinese governments were never socialist, they only called themselves socialist. The reason "socialism" has become such a bad word to use is due to anti-propaganda (especially FOX news), as well as misinterpretations on a general basis. Remember, socialism is an economic theory, it says NOTHING of how to structure the size of a government, just how to create and distribute goods.
Now, since most of the readers here are indeed left-wing, don't be turned off to Anarchism, since its ON YOUR SIDE. The thing people need to realize is that Anarchism means "no rulers" NOT just "no government."
Based on this definition --> anarchists HATE capitalism because it is a system of hierarchies and rule. There is a hierarchy between worker and employee and there is a hierarchy between the different class systems. They also hate "the state" since it infringes upon freedom, and the people should rule themselves, not get people to rule for them.
Anarchists envision a Utopian society free from money, coercion, and rulers. Direct democracy is their preferred decision maker. Representative democracy does not fly in an Anarchist society. People work together along a horizontal axis where no one person has power over another.
In summation: Anarchy is like socialism WITHOUT government; therefore, it opposes big business, and capitalism altogether (which is a form of power). Anarchy means "without rulers" not chaos. The power is in the people and no one person is ruled by another. The society is extremely egalitarian and friendly. Anarchism is LEFT WING.
Sources: (any knowledgeable anarchist) -Peter Kropotkin -Emma Goldman -Mikhail Bakunin -Noam Chomsky -Murray Bookchin -Errico Malatesta
All these people were Anarchists, which is synonymous to "Libertarian Socialist"
I must admit, however, that the Anarchist movement is vast and covers a wide range of beliefs. The ones I am focusing on (and the ones that are by far the most popular and successful throughout history) are as followed:
Anarcho-communism, Libertarian Socialism, Social Anarchy, Anarcho-Syndicalism
They can be viewed as somewhat synonymous, as much of their principles are interwoven. Pages to each are given below.
Other types of subgenres of Anarchy include Green Anarchism, which focuses on the environmental movement and Anarcha-Feminism, which focuses on feminism and the fight against patriarchy. This only touches the surface and much of the Anarchist reading and thought must be done through individual reading.