Anarism: Its Aims and Purposes
Anarism versus economic monopoly and state power; Forerunners of modernAnarism; William Godwin and his work on Political Justice; P.J. Proudhon and his ideas of political and economic decentralisation; Max Stirner’s work, e Ego and Its Own; M. Bakunin the Collectivist and founder of the Anarist move- ment; P. Kropotkin the exponent of Anarist Communism and the philosophy of Mutual Aid; Anarism and revolution; Anarism a synthesis of Socialismand Liberalism; Anarism versus economic materialism and Dictatorship; An- arism and the state; Anarism a tendency of history; Freedom and culture.
Anarismisadeﬁniteintellectualcurrentinthelifeofourtimes, whoseadherentsadvo-cate the abolition of economic monopolies and of all political and social coercive institutionswithin society. In place of the present capitalistic economic order Anarists would have afree association of all productive forces based upon co-operative labour, whi would have asits sole purpose the satisfying of the necessary requirements of every member of society, andwould no longer have in view the special interest of privileged minorities within the socialunion.In place of the present state organisation with their lifeless mainery of political andbureaucratic institutions Anarists desire a federation of free communities whi shall bebound to one another by their common economic and social interest and shall arrange theiraﬀairs by mutual agreement and free contract.Anyonewhostudiesatallprofoundlytheeconomicandsocialdevelopmentofthepresentsocial system will easily recognise that these objectives do not spring from the Utopian ideasof a few imaginative innovators, but that they are the logical outcome of a thorough exam-ination of the present-day social maladjustments, whi with every new phase of the exist-ing social conditions manifest themselves more plainly and more unwholesomely. Modernmonopoly, capitalism and the totalitarian state are merely the last terms in a developmentwhi could culminate in no other results.e portentous development of our present economic system, leading to a mighty accu-mulation of social wealth in the hands of privileged minorities and to a continuous impov-3