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Anarchism is a political philosophy and movement that rejects all involuntary, coercive forms of hierarchy. It calls for the abolition of the state which it holds to be undesirable, unnecessary and harmful. It is usually described alongside libertarian Marxism as the libertarian wing (libertarian socialism) of the socialist movement and as having a historical association with anti-capitalism and socialism.

The history of anarchism goes back to prehistory, when some humans lived in anarchistic societies long before the establishment of formal states, realms or empires. With the rise of organised hierarchical bodies, skepticism toward authority also rose, but it was not until the 19th century that a self-conscious political movement emerged. During the latter half of the 19th and the first decades of the 20th century, the anarchist movement flourished in most parts of the world and had a significant role in workers' struggles for emancipation. Various anarchist schools of thought formed during this period. Anarchists have taken part in several revolutions, most notably in the Spanish Civil War, whose end marked the end of the classical era of anarchism. In the last decades of the 20th century and into the 21st century, the anarchist movement has been resurgent once more. Read more...

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From Bakunin to Lacan: Anti-Authoritarianism and the Dislocation of Power is a 2001 book on political philosophy by Saul Newman. It investigated the essentialist elements of anarchist theory, and by utilising concepts from post-structuralist thought sought to move beyond the limitations of classical anarchism. Newman's was a more substantive account of post-anarchism than previous efforts, and influenced later approaches to the philosophy. Released in a climate of an anarchist movement hostile to postmodern philosophy, From Bakunin to Lacan was criticised for its poor understanding of and engagement with contemporary anarchism. (read more...)

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Anarchist comic book writer Alan Moore
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Alan Moore is among many artists influenced by anarchism. A comic book writer, his work has expressed sex-positive, anti-nuclear, environmentalist, and anarchist themes. His celebrated graphic novel V for Vendetta pits an anarchist vigilante against a fascist dictatorship. He decried the film version of the story for its substitution of anarchist themes with American liberal values.

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December 1906 edition of Germinal

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Fernando Tarrida del Mármol, Letter to Le Révolte, 1890.

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