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anarchy

1. Political theory general lawlessness and disorder, esp when thought to result from an absence or failure of government
2. the absence or lack of government
3. the theory or practice of political anarchism
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The state not only poses an obstacle to the realisation of anarchist society, it is also seen by anarchists as an institution in opposition to the very principles and morals of anarchism, such as equality, freedom from coercion and decision making through consensus.
overcoming such disadvantages as a defending anarchist society might face requires vigilant, sizeable, well-rounded armed forces that rival the militaries of potential aggressors'.
Shevek uses the same logic of complementarity (that led to his theory of time) to solve his greatest problem, the seeming incompatibility of individual freedom and social responsibility within the anarchist society of Anarres.
According to Pernicone, the internationalists in 1874 stood little chance of realizing their revolutionary goal of a decentralized, anarchist society; internal weaknesses, the apathy of the masses and the power of the state all militated against such an outcome.
The lengthiest selection comes from Fields, Factories and Workshops (pp 647-76), perhaps the most fully articulated account of Kropotkin's vision of an anarchist society.
The second volume will discuss whether individualist anarchism is capitalistic, anarchist opposition to state socialism, and the outlines of anarchist society, among other topics.
(1) Ward has summed his anarchist vision up in a succinct passage in his most important theoretical book, Anarchy in Action: `[t]he argument of this book is that an anarchist society, a society which organises itself without authority, is always in existence.
And for the anarchists an independent Ukraine would have to be a revolutionary, anarchist society.
In an attempt to address what has been called a striking description of the seductions and snares of anarchist society, the contributors of these 16 articles analyze various aspects of its politics, including the open-ended utopian, post-consumerist, classic anarchist, temporal, and revolutionary, with individual essays' topics including the need for walls, self- reflexivity, ambiguity, pluralism and community, ecological political theory, Marcuse and the fate of utopia in the postmodern, and questions of individual and community.
Denning's "The Future of Cryptography," the attack on May she later largely retracted, argues that May's vision of a crypto anarchist society would produce a society unattractive on its own merits for its lawlessness, but most of her arguments are easily refuted point-by-point in Frissell's contribution.
Much as I agree with the view that anarchists should not isolate themselves from popular struggles for the sake of some misconceived notions of ideological purity, at some point anarchists have to 'draw the line', as Thoreau and Paul Goodman did, and refuse to participate in political systems that have proven themselves completely incapable of creating any pathways to an anarchist society.
Referencing the work of Jankel Adler and others, Woodcock developed a sophisticated analysis of violence, in which art could play both a destructive and constructive role in the creation of a 'natural' anarchist society. This marks him out as a participant in the emergence of a 'post-Surrealist' aesthetic with important ramifications for British modernism and anarchism.