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Different Types of Anarchists

Yarely
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11/23/2012 12:55:07 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
What are the differences between the different anarchist branches in theory, practice, organization etc.?
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11/23/2012 1:13:41 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
The differences you speak of are different schools of thoughts of anarchism. Although all advocate anarchism/anarchy, they are largely different in the kind of anarchic society they advocate. Or, rather, their foci are different. The two bigger ones on here would probably be:

Anarcho-capitalism (Ancap): A school of thought that generally advocates an anarchic society in which all goods and services are provided via business and a market.

Anarcho-communism (Ancom): Basically the opposite. An anarchic society with all goods and services voluntarily collectivized and shared equally.

However, there are LOADS of others, like:
Anarcho-syndicalism
Anarcho-feminiism
Anarcho-primitivism
Queer anarchism
Voluntarism

The list goes on...
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11/23/2012 1:18:57 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 11/23/2012 1:13:41 PM, DetectableNinja wrote:
The differences you speak of are different schools of thoughts of anarchism. Although all advocate anarchism/anarchy, they are largely different in the kind of anarchic society they advocate. Or, rather, their foci are different. The two bigger ones on here would probably be:

Anarcho-capitalism (Ancap): A school of thought that generally advocates an anarchic society in which all goods and services are provided via business and a market.

Anarcho-communism (Ancom): Basically the opposite. An anarchic society with all goods and services voluntarily collectivized and shared equally.

However, there are LOADS of others, like:
Anarcho-syndicalism
Anarcho-feminiism
Anarcho-primitivism
Queer anarchism
Voluntarism

The list goes on...

What is the difference between Ancom and Anarcho-syndicalism?
"Anarchism stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion and liberation of the human body from the coercion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government. It stands for a social order based on the free grouping of individuals""
-Emma Goldman
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11/23/2012 1:24:09 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 11/23/2012 1:18:57 PM, Yarely wrote:
At 11/23/2012 1:13:41 PM, DetectableNinja wrote:
The differences you speak of are different schools of thoughts of anarchism. Although all advocate anarchism/anarchy, they are largely different in the kind of anarchic society they advocate. Or, rather, their foci are different. The two bigger ones on here would probably be:

Anarcho-capitalism (Ancap): A school of thought that generally advocates an anarchic society in which all goods and services are provided via business and a market.

Anarcho-communism (Ancom): Basically the opposite. An anarchic society with all goods and services voluntarily collectivized and shared equally.

However, there are LOADS of others, like:
Anarcho-syndicalism
Anarcho-feminiism
Anarcho-primitivism
Queer anarchism
Voluntarism

The list goes on...

What is the difference between Ancom and Anarcho-syndicalism?

Well, I'll TRY and answer that, but I'm probably not the best source, as:
a) I'm no longer an anarchist.
b) When I was, I was a voluntarist/ancap.
c) I'm not particularly knowledgeable about the subject.

Ansyn generally supports a focus on labor, and self-management of society via labor unions, whereas ancom is more about full, complete canning of private property.

Danielle might be able to answer better, as I THINK she's an Ansyn.
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11/23/2012 1:41:44 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 11/23/2012 1:34:00 PM, johnnyboy54 wrote:
What da faq is queer anarchism?

It's basically a philosophy that says anarchism is the means of "liberating" the LGBT community.
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11/23/2012 2:03:24 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I'm confused about mutualist anarchy
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11/23/2012 2:48:45 PM
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In the end, a voluntaryist society will not conform explicitly to any of those models. It will have components from each and include components that have not been prognosticated.
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11/23/2012 5:28:54 PM
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At 11/23/2012 1:18:57 PM, Yarely wrote:
What is the difference between Ancom and Anarcho-syndicalism?

I'd say they are more similar than different. While ansyn's obviously see the merits in voluntaryism, I think they also acknowledge that unregulated capitalism in a free market is essentially a pyramid scheme which would result in oppressive circumstances similar to the tyranny of the state. To combat that, ansyn's support a lot of pro-labor ideology such as utilizing democratic workplaces or having the market incorporate powerful labor unions on a mass scale (by say creating a system where everyone is unionized).

Some suggest that the long-term goal of anarcho-syndicalism is to abolish the wage system and class division. That may very well be the case with some ansyns. While I used to identify as one, I find discrepancies in certain terms (such as property) to be problematic, so I don't really feel comfortable labeling myself anymore. The closest I'll come is saying I'm a very pro-labor voluntaryist. I agree with a lot of ansyn premises. I guess going back to the OP's question, ansyn's acknowledge the problem with rampant capitalism, where I guess ancaps think that the problems don't exist or rather they would work themselves out under capitalist principles.
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