anarchism

anarchism
noun Date: 1642 1. a political theory holding all forms of governmental authority to be unnecessary and undesirable and advocating a society based on voluntary cooperation and free association of individuals and groups 2. the advocacy or practice of anarchistic principles

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  • Anarchism — is a political philosophy encompassing theories and attitudes which support the elimination of all compulsory government,*Errico Malatesta, [http://www.marxists.org/archive/malatesta/1930s/xx/toanarchy.htm Towards Anarchism] , MAN! . Los Angeles …   Wikipedia

  • anarchism — index disorder (lack of order), misrule Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 anarchism …   Law dictionary

  • Anarchism — An arch*ism, n. [Cf. F. anarchisme.] The doctrine or practice of anarchists. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anarchism — (n.) 1640s; see ANARCHY (Cf. anarchy) + ISM (Cf. ism) …   Etymology dictionary

  • anarchism — *anarchy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • anarchism — [an′ər kiz΄əm, an′ärkiz΄əm] n. [ ANARCH(Y) + ISM] 1. the theory that all forms of government interfere unjustly with individual liberty and should be replaced by the voluntary association of cooperative groups 2. resistance, sometimes by… …   English World dictionary

  • anarchism — /an euhr kiz euhm/, n. 1. a doctrine urging the abolition of government or governmental restraint as the indispensable condition for full social and political liberty. 2. the methods or practices of anarchists, as the use of violence to undermine …   Universalium

  • anarchism — An array of philosophical and political positions arguing that human societies function best without government or authority, and which suggest that the natural state of people is one of living together harmoniously and freely, without such… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • Anarchism —    A radical libertarian theory that attained political popularity in the nineteenth century. Derived from the Greek words áí (“without”) and áñ÷íá (“rulers”), anarchism connotes a system of thought and action based on the belief that government… …   Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1914

  • anarchism — [[t]æ̱nə(r)kɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT Anarchism is the belief that the laws and power of governments should be replaced by people working together freely. He advocated anarchism as the answer to social problems …   English dictionary

  • Anarchism —    Acollective term that encompasses several individualistic, antiauthoritarian, and libertarian political and social movements. One of the most famous spokesmen for anarchism in the Netherlands was Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis in his old age.… …   Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands

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