Anarchism: A Critical Analysis

Christopher Howell


Anarchism is a radical social-political theory that aims to deconstruct the State in order to empower every one; empower by granting liberty and equality. An old saying of Bakunin is paraphrased, “equality without liberty is tyranny, liberty without equality is gross injustice” (Shantz, 2013). Anarchism asserts that in order to grant liberty to all and treat all as equals, we must abolish the authoritarian state. So, the three, interconnected ideals discussed here are foundational to anarchism: 1) abolishing the authoritarian state; 2) liberty; and 3) equality. After examining the interrelations of the three key ideals, I shall focus on one criticism surrounding human nature.


Anarchism; Restorative Justice; Violence; Canadian State; Coercion; Community; Cohesion; Mutual Aid; Bakunin; Kropotkin; Hobbes; Chomsky, Noam;

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