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Is Anarchism good?

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    Before you say "no, chaos is bad", I'm on about the Political Philosophy.

    Anarchism: Belief in the abolition of all government and the organization of society on a voluntary, cooperative basis without recourse to force or compulsion.


    I don't think it's a good idea, but somebody I was with brought it up.
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    In theory, I love the idea - people living their own lives, free from government constraints, living together happily. In practice though, it's a recipe for disaster in my opinion: I don't trust people to live in peace without a government ruling over them to some extent. Also, I'm not comfortable with the idea of abolition of public services, I think they're vital for the security and happiness of any society.
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    I think its a little unrealistic; as soon as people start living together there is going to be competition for resources etc. and it would be very hard without some form of social contract
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    is this like communism then ?











    Note this a genuine question
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    People need to be ruled.
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    (Original post by Roshniroxy)
    is this like communism then ?
    Yes and no.

    There are several anarchist ideologies, collective anarchism and anarcho-capitalism would probably be the most prominent schools of thought.
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    (Original post by Rebellious-Steve)
    People need to be ruled.
    [QUOTE=Resentment.]
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    (Original post by Keckers)
    Yes and no.

    There are several anarchist ideologies, collective anarchism and anarcho-capitalism would probably be the most prominent schools of thought.
    so communism falls under Anarcho-capitalism ?
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    (Original post by Roshniroxy)
    is this like communism then ?











    Note this a genuine question
    I'd say so. Anarchism takes various forms (Keckers mentions anarcho-capitalism but I don't think that you can really have 'anarcho'-capitalism since capitalism naturally implies some kind of hierarchy) but communism is a leaderless form of collective government based on equal distribution of wealth which pretty much sums up anarchism.

    I used to be heavy into it but then I moved away from it into more of a democratic socialist. I think anarchist thought never really developed past 19th century thinking in any meaningful way which is why Marxism has stayed more relevant. I've just kept the fundamental feelings behind anarchy like equality, a general distaste for authority, personal freedoms, redistribution etc
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    (Original post by ImNormal)
    Before you say "no, chaos is bad", I'm on about the Political Philosophy.

    Anarchism: Belief in the abolition of all government and the organization of society on a voluntary, cooperative basis without recourse to force or compulsion.


    I don't think it's a good idea, but somebody I was with brought it up.
    NO.

    Regardless to desire or definition. Anarchism is not probable. Some form of government always forms.

    We always need discipline, and may always look towards a leader/figure head.

    it is always upsetting and aggravating when someone does not do what another feels so confident and passionate about.
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    Theoretically or as a utopian ideal = yes

    In reality = no.

    There always needs to be some sort of overarching state structure with which people participate in or are ruled by. Even if anarchism did succeed in any one nation, globally they'd just be consumed by neighbouring nation states anyway.
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    [QUOTE=chignesh10;34726357]why you following me around, and did you quote, ive forgotten what i said...
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    OP that's Anarcho-Capitalism; Anarchism is actually an extremely totalitarian ideology.
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    [QUOTE=resentment.;34726938]
    (Original post by chignesh10)

    why you following me around, and did you quote, ive forgotten what i said...
    You like anarchy group so i quote you here mofo
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    (Original post by resentment.)

    why you following me around, and did you quote, ive forgotten what i said...
    post above
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    [QUOTE=chignesh10;34727020]
    (Original post by resentment.)

    You like anarchy group so i quote you here mofo
    got myself a freakin' fan club! :cool:
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    how on earth am i now receiving quotes from myself?!
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    I don't see how it could work. People would just end up forming a government again. It's not like there would be any law against a group of people doing that.
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    (Original post by JCC-MGS)
    I'd say so. Anarchism takes various forms (Keckers mentions anarcho-capitalism but I don't think that you can really have 'anarcho'-capitalism since capitalism naturally implies some kind of hierarchy)
    Anarchism doesn't have anything to do with hierarchy if that hierarchy exists naturally. Any enforcement of any hierarchy of any sort would require force and some form of power base.

    Anarcho-capitalism (in theory) creates a natural hierarchy of wealth but not of power.
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    The problem with the system we currently have is that I am voting for someone who may or may not represent me in Parliament who in turn represents 70,000 odd others. But surely the best person to represent me is myself. If we adopt anarcho-capitalism then this problem would not exist. Of course even I accept that it would take several hundreds of years for my vision to come true - an entirely anarcho-capitalism world where private property exists, a voluntary society exists and individuals become free and soverign, in their own right, again.

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