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Anarchism (from Greek ἀν (without) + ἄρχειν (to rule) + ισμός (from stem -ιζειν), "without archons", "without rulers") is often defined as a political philosophy which holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary, or harmful. Historically, anarchists have argued that while anti-statism is central, it is inadequate to define anarchism. This traditional notion of anarchism entails opposition to all authority or hierarchical organization in the conduct of human relations, including, but not limited to, the state system. In particular, it includes opposition church[disambiguation needed] and capital, resulting in the famous anarchist proclamations "Property is theft!" and "No gods, no masters!" Proponents of anarchism, known as "anarchists", advocate stateless societies based on non-hierarchical free associations.

Anarchism as a mass social movement has regularly endured fluctuations in popularity. The central tendency of anarchism as a social movement has been represented by anarcho-communism and anarcho-syndicalism, with individualist anarchism being primarily a literary phenomenon (which nevertheless did have an impact on the bigger currents, including the participation of individualists in large anarchist organizations). Many anarchists oppose all forms of aggression, supporting self-defense or non-violence (anarcho-pacifism), while others have supported the use of some coercive measures, including violent revolution and propaganda of the deed, on the path to an anarchist society.

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Crimethought is not any ideology or value system or lifestyle, but rather a way of challenging all ideologies and value systems and lifestyles—and, for the advanced agent, a way of making all ideologies, value systems, and lifestyles challenging.

Crimethinc.com,
"All Traveler Kids Purged From CrimethInc. Membership"
CrimethInc. is a decentralized anarchist collective composed of multiple cells which act independently of one another. It emerged in the mid-1990s from its beginnings as the hardcore zine Inside Front, and began operating as a collective in 1996. It has since published widely-read propaganda for the anarchist movement, and expanded into nearly all areas of the contemporary anti-capitalist movement. Several divisions of the group have published books, while others have released records or organized large-scale national campaigns against globalization and representative democracy in favor of radical community organizing. Less public splinter groups have carried out direct action (including arson and hacktivism), hosted international conventions and other events, maintained local chapters, sparked riots and toured with multimedia performance art and/or hardcore anarcho-punk musical ensembles. The collective has received national media and academic attention, as well as strong criticism and praise from other anarchists for its activities and philosophy. (read more...)

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Protest outside a Mercadona store in Barcelona, Spain
Credit: Scott Ehardt, June 13, 2006

Members of the Spanish anarcho-syndicalist union the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (National Confederation of Labour) taking part in strike action at Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona on 13 June 2006. July of 2006 marked the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Revolution, and in commemoration the CNT and FAI organized commemorative celebrations.

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December 1906 edition of Germinal

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Alfredo M. Bonanno, The Anarchist Tension, 1998.

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