What is Anarchism?

Anarchism is a term that has been dragged through the mud by the media for decades. When most people think of anarchists, they think of people dressed in all black smashing store windows and people who write on walls. There may be some people who call themselves anarchists that do these things, but there is a lot more to anarchism than meets the eye.

A general belief held by Anarchists is the desire to exist in a society without a power structure. A society, where people have full control of their lives and do not have to worry about authority figures interfering. There are a lot of varying opinions on the topic, but one thing people tend to miss, anarchism isn’t that straightforward. For everybody who adapts to this ideology, there are hundreds of schools of thought contained within anarchism. Further, many anarchists disagree with others based on how we should go about existing without a state.

For hundreds of years anarchists, also known as “anti statists” or “voluntaryists” have existed in all corners of the world. Some may say a world without governments seems dangerous and absurd, but there is a lot of evidence on the other side of the fence to dispute this claim. Although governments do create measures to prevent crime, and promote peace, a lot of these institutions have proven to have little effect. In addition, there are more laws and stricter punishments now than ever before, but crime rates seem to remain steady, and in some cases are on the rise.

There’s no real way to say what would happen if people existed without a power structure. However, as a species, which is the product of millions of years of refinement we can argue that, at this point, we don’t need to be told how to live our lifes. No matter how you may look at Anarchism, it is not what the news may describe. You will find far more depth to this ideology than most people are aware of, and it goes far beyond the idea of simply getting rid of the government.

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