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  • anarchism
    • beliefs
      • humans once lived in a stateless society and can do again
      • they want order + harmony
      • they believe in direct democracy- representative democracy is a sham where voters collide in their own opression
      • optimistic view on human nature- they are bad due to the corporations of the state+ establishment
      • Humans all have the same philosophical goal of freedom
      • The individual is sovereign- they are the sole judge of their own actions
      • individuals will come together/ act independently when need be
    • state is considerable
      • the state is exploitive- it's taxation powers amount to legalised theft
      • the state is a sovereign power body and is therefore by definition, untameable
      • The state is coercive- it can impose lowest punishments upon individuals, sometimes even the death penalty
      • The state is destructive- it wages devastating wars against states
        • The state is compulsory- we did not opt to live under it and we cannot opt out of it (social contract theory is too delusional)
    • state is unnecessary
      • indeed the state, as an inherently coercive power, body will pervert peoples capacity for spontaneous social order+ harmony
      • anarchists optimistic views of human nature lead them to conclude that humans do not need a stat to maintain social order+ harmony
    • groups in anarchism
      • collectivist- ultra socialists
        • left wing, revolutionary, Utopian collectivists who have strong faith in human goodness and seek various forms of egalitarian society
        • anarcho- communism advocacy of small, egalitarian and directly democratic communes, based on common economic ownership, with no state e.g. Peter Kropotkin
        • anarcho- syndicalism a form of revolutionary trade unionism which, via a general strike, would establish workers' sydicates, with no state. e.g. James Guillaume
      • individualist ultra liberalism
        • individualists often advocate undiluted free-market economics- e.g. 'anarcho-capitalists'. This is, arguably, nineteenth- century liberalism pushed to its logical extreme
        • Egoism ...the belief that the rational individual is at the centre of his or her moral universe, with absolute personal autonomy and no need of a state or any other source of control or authority e.g. Max Stirner
        • anarcho-capitalism advocacy of a completely laissez-faire, private enterprise economy, with no state e.g. Murray Rothbard


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