Definition of anarchism in English:

anarchism

Line breaks: an¦arch|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈanəkɪz(ə)m
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1Belief in the abolition of all government and the organization of society on a voluntary, cooperative basis without recourse to force or compulsion.
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    • Albert's reference point is the theories he sees as having been the main contenders in the battle for ideas in the 1960s and 1970s: Marxism, feminism, anarchism and nationalism.
    • In the Romantic era one finds numerous anticipations of Marx and his sociopolitical critique, as well as early versions of socialism, communism, anarchism, and social democracy.
    • In Dostoyevsky's day, urban radicals influenced by Marx and emboldened by Bakunin went out into the countryside proclaiming the doctrines of socialism and syndicalist anarchism, to little effect.
  • 1.1A political force or movement based on belief in anarchism: socialism and anarchism emerged to offer organized protest against the injustices of Spanish society
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    • He says that it was the politics of socialism and anarchism learned from ‘the radical Jewish community in New York’ that drew him to linguistics.
    • To one historian of the movement, American anarchism had a ‘double tradition.’
    • Though mistrust of the state and a desire for cheap and limited government is a commonplace in the British political tradition, formal anarchism has received little support.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Greek anarkhos 'without a chief' (see anarchy) + -ism; later influenced by French anarchisme.

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