It’s not a form of Statism. Anarchists don’t want to impose their value system on anyone else. It’s not terrorism. The agent of the government – the policeman, who uses force, including armed force, to scare people into obedience – is the terrorist. Governments threaten to punish any man or woman who defies state power, and therefore the state really amounts to an institution of terror.

Anarchism never relies on fear to accomplish anything because a person who is afraid is not free. Here’s what Anarchists believe:

Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behaviour, can co-operate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.

No true reform is possible which leaves government intact. Appeals to a government for a redress of grievances, even when acted upon, only serve to increase the supposed legitimacy of the government’s acts, and therefore add to its amassed power.

Government cannot exist without the tacit consent of the populace. This consent is maintained by keeping the people in ignorance of their real power. Voting is not an expression of power, but an admission of powerlessness, since it cannot do otherwise than reaffirm the government’s supposed legitimacy.

Every person must have the right make all decision about his or her own life. All moralistic meddling in the private affairs of freely acting persons is unjustified. Behaviour which does not affect uninvolved persons is nobody’s business but the participant’s.

All governments survive on theft and extortion, called taxation. All governments force their decrees upon the people, and command obedience under threat of punishment.

The principle outrages of history have been committed by governments, while every advancement of human thought, every betterment of the human condition has come about through the practices of voluntary co-operation and individual initiative. The principle of government, which is force, is opposed to the free exercise of our ability to think, act and co-operate. Whenever government is established, it causes more harm than it forestalls, under the guise of protecting populaces from crime and violence, governments not only do not eradicate random, individual crime, but they institutionalise such crimes as censorship and war.

All governments enlarge upon and extend their own powers; under government the rights of individuals constantly diminish.

Anarchism is in favour of a free society organised along the lines of individual initiative, mutual aid and voluntary co-operation. If you would like to know more about this forward looking philosophy then contact


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