Anarchists hold that hierarchical institutional authority is inherently detrimental to human beings. A key difference between what can be termed classical and contemporary anarchism is the latter's increasingly fractured nature, which arguably reflects the culturally and politically diverse nature of contemporary American society. Anarchists follow the political philosophy of anarchy. The term anarchy comes from the ancient Greek, meaning “without ruler.” Anarchists hold that society should consist of a free association of its members. Anarchists argue that there should be no formal institutionalized ...

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