“ I must tell you first of all what anarchism is not . It is not bombs, disorder, or chaos. It is not robbery or murder. It is not a war of each against all. It is not a return to barbarism or to the wild state of man. Anarchism is the very opposite of all that .” – Alexander Berkman, American anarchist, 1929
Anarchism The philosophy of a new social order based on liberty unrestricted by man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary.
The highest level of individual freedom possible for the individual, the fulfillment of each individual’s full human potential, while at the same time developing human society to the highest degree possible.
Anarchism “seeks the complete development of individuality combined with the highest development of voluntary association in all respects, in all possible degrees for all imaginable ends.” - Kropotkin
A few goals… <ul><li>Overthrow of the State </li></ul><ul><li>End of private property </li></ul><ul><li>The end of “democracy” </li></ul><ul><li>The end of repressive social structures and values ( “transvaluation” of human values) </li></ul><ul><li>Full and rewarding work and leisure </li></ul>
“ Of all the things which interfere with the free activity of the individual, which reduce liberty and compel us to act in ways different from those we would choose, the most powerful and pervasive is the state.” (Jennings)
The essential function of the state is to maintain the existing inequalities in society…
Godwin: each article of property ought to belong to the individual whose possession of it would yield the greatest good for the greatest number; thus, property should be distributed according to claims of need.
“ The only demand that property recognizes is its own gluttonous appetite for greater wealth, because wealth means power; the power to subdue, to crush, to exploit, the power to enslave, to outrage, to degrade.” - Emma Goldman