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A2 Government & Politics Anarchism


Core Themes



Against the State

Opposition to state and accompanying institutions of government and law
Preference for stateless society in which free individuals manage their affairs by voluntary
agreement
Ideological character blurred by two factors
o Stronger on moral assertion than on analysis and explanation…

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A2 Government & Politics Anarchism


Natural propensity to organise their own lives in a harmonious and peaceful fashion
Jean-Jacques Rosseau: "Man was born free, yet everywhere he is in chains"
Heart of anarchism unashamed utopianism
o Natural (or potential) goodness
o Social order arises naturally and spontaneously
o Collectivist anarchists…

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