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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ However, anarchism remained an influential competitor to the Communist movement until well into the late 1920s.
▪ It bore a tinge of anarchism and socialism.
▪ Its consequences are hostility to the strong state and vanguard party and sympathy with pluralism and perhaps forms of anarchism.
▪ The anarchism of labor is more shocking, less dangerous.
▪ The central character presents the case for Mackay's individualist anarchism.
▪ The demands of survival have enforced a form of anarchism on Anarres.
▪ The extreme form of this view, in which there is no role for the state, is labeled anarchism.
▪ The mid-1960s were the watershed of postwar society, and the creativity and anarchism of the period left nothing untouched.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Anarchism \An"arch*ism\, n. [Cf. F. anarchisme.] The doctrine or practice of anarchists.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s; see anarchy + -ism.


n. 1 The belief that proposes the absence and abolition of hierarchy and authority in most forms. 2 (''specifically''), a political and philosophical belief that all forms of involuntary rule or government are undesirable or unnecessary, and that society could function without a ruler or involuntary government (a state).


n. a political theory favoring the abolition of governments


Anarchism is a political philosophy that advocates self-governed societies based on voluntary institutions. These are often described as stateless societies, although several authors have defined them more specifically as institutions based on non- hierarchical free associations. Anarchism considers the state to be undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, because anarchists generally believe that human beings are capable of managing their own affairs on the basis of creativity, cooperation, and mutual respect, and when making individual decisions they are taking into account the concerns of others and the well-being of society. While anti-statism is central, anarchism entails opposing authority or hierarchical organisation in the conduct of all human relations.

Anarchism draws on many currents of thought and strategy. Anarchism does not offer a fixed body of doctrine from a single particular world view, instead fluxing and flowing as a philosophy. Many types and traditions of anarchism exist, not all of which are mutually exclusive. Anarchist schools of thought can differ fundamentally, supporting anything from extreme individualism to complete collectivism. Strains of anarchism have often been divided into the categories of social and individualist anarchism or similar dual classifications. Anarchism is usually considered a radical left-wing ideology, and much of anarchist economics and anarchist legal philosophy reflect anti-authoritarian interpretations of communism, collectivism, syndicalism, mutualism, or participatory economics.

Anarchism (book)

Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements is a 1962 book about the history of anarchism by George Woodcock.

Usage examples of "anarchism".

For the economic rationale of this, I must refer disciples of Siegfried to a tract from my hand published by the Fabian Society and entitled The Impossibilities of Anarchism, which explains why, owing to the physical constitution of our globe, society cannot effectively organize the production of its food, clothes and housing, nor distribute them fairly and economically on any anarchic plan: nay, that without concerting our social action to a much higher degree than we do at present we can never get rid of the wasteful and iniquitous welter of a little riches and a deal of poverty which current political humbug calls our prosperity and civilization.

Which it has accordingly done, Anarchism being one of the notable new creeds of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

It is true that in the sphere of thought, Anarchism is an inevitable condition of progressive evolution.

Her energy in the furtherance of such an unpopular idea as Anarchism, her deep earnestness, her courage and abilities, find growing understanding and admiration.

The two most prominent representatives of the Anarchist idea in America, Voltairine de Cleyre and Emma Goldman--the one a native American, the other a Russian--have been converted, like numerous others, to the ideas of Anarchism by the judicial murder.

There, having advanced toward Anarchism, he entirely withdrew from the Social Democratic Party.

Anarchism is destructive, rather than constructive, and that, therefore, Anarchism is opposed to organization, is one of the many falsehoods spread by our opponents.

In fact, Anarchism alone makes non-authoritarian organization of common interests possible, since it abolishes the existing antagonism between individuals and classes.

In short, Anarchism strives towards a social organization which will establish well-being for all.

Each tour extended over new territory, including localities where Anarchism had never before received a hearing.

She represents the idea of Anarchism as framed by Josiah Warrn, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Tolstoy.

Because I believe that Anarchism can not consistently impose an iron-clad program or method on the future.

Indeed, as the most revolutionary and uncompromising innovator, Anarchism must needs meet with the combined ignorance and venom of the world it aims to reconstruct.

To deal even remotely with all that is being said and done against Anarchism would necessitate the writing of a whole volume.

In so doing, I shall attempt to elucidate what Anarchism really stands for.