Submitted by ziq at August 24, 2018 at 11:58 PM in Anarchism
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I much prefer 'anarchy' and sometimes wish this forum were named that way.
Anything ending in -ism sounds ideological to me. Anarchy is really not an ideology so much as it's a state of being.
It only becomes an ideology when you attach other things to it: anarcho-communism, anarcho-transhumanism, anarcho-primitivism. But anarchy on its own is a living and breathing praxis that we incorporate into our everyday lives. A personal stance against authority that informs all our decisions and thus shapes the trajectory of our existence.
'Anarchism' to me brings to mind a set of economic and philosophical theories and historical attempts at building societies centered around these principles. It makes me think of a faraway plan or a blueprint more than a deliberate and decisive practice to oppose, avoid and bypass hierarchies.
I've always been of the impression that anarchy simply meant absence of laws and rules, without the concepts that make such a state a good thing: solidarity, mutual aid et cetera, while anarchism is the theory and action of libertarian socialism. I much prefer anarchism.
Libertarian socialism is closely related to anarcho-communism, which is a form of social anarchism. Social anarchism and anarchism / anarchy are different things.