Anarchism (noun)

A political theory that advocates for the abolition of governments and the establishment of a society without rulers or hierarchies.


Mid-19th century, from french anarchisme, from greek anarkhia (without a ruler), from an- (without) + arkhos (ruler).


  1. Anarchism is a political philosophy that advocates for self-governance.
  2. Anarchists believe that all forms of hierarchy, including government, should be abolished.
  3. Anarchism is often associated with violence, but many anarchists advocate for peaceful change.
  4. Anarchism has many different branches, including individualist anarchism, communist anarchism and anarcho-syndicalism.
  5. Anarchism is often considered a radical ideology.
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