The One-Minute Guide to Anarchism.

Anarchism (not to be confused with “anarchy” or “chaos”) is a socio-political philosophy that rejects all forms of domination.

Anarchists seeks to achieve voluntary, horizontal human relationships based on mutual benefit; as opposed to involuntary, hierarchical human relationship based on bargaining power.

The following are the key points, but hyperlinks will be added for those who wish to explore certain concepts in more depth.

Capitalism is an involuntary, top-down barrier between workers and the means of production (land, natural resources, materials, etc).

Statehood is an involuntary, top-down barrier between inhabitants and the means of governance.

Social hierarchies (such as patriarchy, Islamism, homophobia, etc) operate as involuntary barriers between individuals and their autonomy, free associations, along with their measures towards self-actualization.

All of which are forms of domination that rely on obedience and conformity.

Anarchism would consist of the following:

1. Workers’ ownership over the means of production.

2. Inhabitants’ ownership over the means of governance.

3. Voluntary associations between workers, inhabitants and individuals.

4. The means for all to self-actualize as they see fit.

Here is how that could look like:

1. Workers’ cooperatives instead of Capitalist enterprises.

2. Credit unions instead of traditional banks.

3. Syndicalist ownership of land and natural resources (through voluntary federations of cooperatives and credit unions).

4. Voluntary communes, federations and associations that bypass borders and ethnic / national allegiances.

International solidarity against domination by repressed populations and their allies (LGBTQ people, feminists, secularists, etc) could potentially be a first step.

Forces of domination already have their cartels, and repressed minorities would also need their own unions.

Individual and social autonomy can only be achieved through mass cooperation.

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