“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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The key difference between a statist or hierarchical system and an anarchist community is who wields power. It is for this reason that anarchists oppose both capitalism and statism. To quote Scottish anarchist Stuart Christie:.

An Anarchist FAQ

Nobody can escape from this necessity. After all, people are not perfect and are unlikely ever to be.

However, anarchistic tendencies and organisations in society have existed long before Proudhon put pen to paper in and declared himself an anarchist. Essentially anything that denies the most precious achievement of history: Anarchists, it should be noted, try to create as much of this society today, in their organisations, struggles and activities, as they can. So, to conclude, the creation of an anarchist society is not dependent on people being perfect but it is dependent on a large majority being anarchists and wanting anarchkst reorganise society in a libertarian manner.

Only anarchits associations can create relationships of equality rather than of subordination between its members. It is only the dynamics of human interaction within groups which give them life. All delegates and action committees would be mandated and subject to instant recall to ensure they express the wishes of the assemblies they came from rather than their own. It then goes on to show how the authoritarian relations inherent in such hierarchies negatively affect individuals, their society, and culture.


Acts which restrict individuality can be considered unethical for two interrelated reasons. It was officially released online on July 19, “to celebrate the Spanish Revolution of and the heroism of the Spanish anarchist movement “.

That is not so. And who will recognise these qualities in them? Thus Murray Bookchin writes:. In a parliamentary system, for example, people give power to a group of representatives to make decisions for them for a fixed period anarchis time. It has always challenged all forms of authority and exploitation, and has been equally critical of capitalism and religion as it has been of the state.

Mutualist and individualist anarchist Kevin Carson called the FAQ a “[m]onumental compendium on anarchist history, theory and practice”. This is a mistake. Today, in secularised western European countries, religion has lost its once dominant place in society. Or, as Michael Bakunin puts it:. With the failure of propaganda anachist deed, anarchists turned back to what most of the movement had been doing anyway: In addition, the anarchists were among the first and most vocal critics and opposition to the Bolshevik regime in Russia.


Indeed, every proposition for social betterment is either to increase or decrease the powers of external wills and forces over the individual. Anarchists aim to encourage these tendencies in everyday life to reject, resist and thwart authority and bring them to their logical conclusion — a society of free individuals, co-operating as equals in free, self-managed associations.

In acting within the association, people must exercise critical judgement and choice, i. For example it gives the likes of Ayn Rand, Murray Taq, and so on, far too much space outside of Section F – they really are not that important”.

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Such a situation is hardly based on equal freedom for all, nor can it be non-exploitative, and is so opposed by anarchists. And we must point out here that anarchist support for direct democracy does not suggest we think that the majority is always anarchizt. The socialist ideal that he championed was already being realised, to a certain extent, by such workers. True anarchist equality implies freedom, not quantity. It allows working class and other oppressed people to become conscious of our power as a class, defend our immediate interests, and fight to revolutionise society as a whole.

Instead of capitalist or statist hierarchy, self-management i. But without liberty and equality, society becomes a pyramid of competing classes based on the domination of the lower by the higher strata. We must stress that anarchists are not in favour of a anwrchist decision making process in which the majority just vote the minority away and ignore them.

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Human nature has lots of ways of realising itself, humans have lots of capacities and options. While there are many different types of anarchism from individualist anarchism to communist-anarchism — see section A. Which ones reveal themselves depends to a large extent on the institutional structures.

It also implies a need for federalism to co-ordinate joint interests. For human character is diverse And it should be recovered by those znarchist