[Home]Individualist anarchism

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There are several classical anarchist thinkers, such as Benjamin Tucker, [Lysander Spooner]? and [Max Stirner]?, who are known as individualist anarchists. In their works, they insist on the absolute sovereignty of every individual on his own life.

They are claimed as part of their tradition by anarcho-capitalists as well as by libertarian socialists, who criticize differently the works of these authors.

libertarian socialists insist that many of these authors, after Proudhon, rejected essential foundations of capitalism, namely the right to property (as opposed to the mere right to use) and the charging of interest or rent.

Anarcho-capitalists appreciate the emphasis given by these thinkers on individual rights and liberty, and on market-based approaches rather than collectivism; they agree with Bastiat's responses to Proudhon, which made even Proudhon modify his position with time.

Modern individualist anarchists tend to tell both libertarian socialists and anarcho-capitalists to stop arguing just leave each other be, for in a free society, each and every one would live under the system one prefers, and experience would teach every individual which system he personally prefers to live in.

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