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Anarchism

  • By: Todd L. Matthews
  • In: Green Politics: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Environmental Sociology, Environmental Technology, Policy & Management, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

It is difficult to provide a commonly accepted definition of anarchism, as there are many different strands of thought and practice that are subsumed under the label. However, in its broadest sense, it is derived from the Greek word anarchia, which means “no rule.” Thus, anarchism is typically taken to refer to stateless societies or social arrangements that lack centralized control of any sort. A green or ecological strand of anarchism exists, putting the focus on a variety of issues related to the environment, technology, and modern social organization. However, ecological or green anarchism is itself fractured into a variety of different viewpoints and agendas.

There are many influential thinkers who argue that anarchism is undergoing a revival, given the decline of Marxian-inspired social arrangements and ...

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