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A person who professes a belief in anarchy or Anarchism. Because anyone can claim to be an anarchist, there is no central authority on what it means to be an anarchist. Although the term anarchist generally means an opposition to all forms of governments, anarchists extend this concept to include quite a number of institutions.

See Anarchism for more details on the different flavors of anarchists and the sometimes hostile relationship between them.

Calling someone an "anarchist" has been a popular way for TV commentators and newspaper writers to demonize and de-legitimize non-mainstream viewpoints.

Historical Anarchist movements:

Well-known Anarchists of each different flavor:

Other anarchists:

See also the Anarchist Encyclopedia, (several hundred anarchists, with links) http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/gallery/galleryindex.htm

The Anarchist Timeline (1500+ Dates & Events with thousands of links), http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/indexTimeline.htm


"When compared with the suppression of anarchy every other question sinks into insignificance. The anarchist is the enemy of humanity, the enemy of all mankind, and his is a deeper degree of criminality than any other. No immigrant is allowed to come to our shores if he is an anarchist; and no paper published here or abroad should be permitted circulation in this country if it propagates anarchist opinions." -President Theodore Roosevelt

I was attracted to anarchism as a young teenager, as soon as I began to think about the world beyond a pretty narrow range, and haven't seen much reason to revise those early attitudes since. I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom. Noam Chomsky, May 1995

[What does it mean to be an Anarchist?]


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