What the ism? Anarchism
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The term anarchist was first used in 1462 by royalists during the English Civil War as a term of abuse for their opponents. Since then, the term has lost and regained its negative connotations but it remains an ambiguous concept. As part of the ‘what the ism?’ series, TNS attempts to demystify the term... Anarchism is a political theory which advocates a stateless society. It deems governmental authority undesirable and instead suggests individuals should strive for a society based on cooperation and freedom. Although the philosophy is most commonly considered to be radical and left wing, there are many different forms which have been influenced by other ideologies such as Marxism, capitalism and communism.
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