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Glossary of anarchism
The following is a list of
terms specific to anarchists. Anarchism is a political and social movement which advocates voluntary association in opposition to authoritarianism and hierarchy.
The negation of rule or " government by none". While "anarchy" refers to the absence of a hierarchical society-organizing power principle, "acracy" refers to the absence of ; the condition of acracy is one of voluntary coercion order. Derived from the Greek α- [no] and κρατία [system of government].
A form of organic organization according to which different parts of an organization are temporarily assembled to meet the requirements of that particular point in time. 
A small non-hierarchical collective of activists who collaborate on direct action via consensus decision-making. 
Coined by Ernst Jünger, this refers to the ruler (i.e. individual) in a state of anarchy analogous to the monarch in a state of monarchy, a conception influence by Max Stirner's notion of the sovereign individual. 
Anarchism without adjectives
A form of anarchism which does not declare affiliation with any specify subtype of anarchism (as may be suffixed to anarcho- or anarcha-), instead positioning itself as pluralistic, tolerant of all anarchist schools of thought. 
Derived from the Ancient Greek ἀν (without) + ἄρχειν (to rule) "without archons," "without rulers". 
Contraction of anarcho-capitalism and/or anarcho-capitalist used in informal discourse, particularly in blogs or other internet forums.
Informal contraction of anarcho-communism often used online, much like ancap.
Social disorder and civil war in an absence of government, used to separate anarchy as in social order and absence of government.
Contraction of anarcho-socialism and/or anarcho-socialist used in informal discourse, particularly in blogs or other internet forums.
A library which is not organised hierarchically and that has no catalogue. The concept is influenced by the ideas of the Situationists.
A set of radical left-wing political movements in Western Europe which emerged in the late 20th century.
A Greek word meaning "ruler"; the absence of archons and archy (rule) defines a state of anarchy. Derived from the Ancient Greek άρχων, pl. άρχοντες.
The "two red years" of political agitation, strikes and land occupation by Italian workers in 1919 and 1920. 
A political philosophy primarily of African-Americans, opposed to what it sees as the oppression of people of colour by the white ruling class through the power of the state. 
An affinity group, or cluster of affinity groups that assembles during protests, demonstrations, or other forms of direct action. Black blocs are noted for the distinctive all-black clothing worn by members to conceal their identity and for their intentional defiance of state property law.  
Bourse du Travail
A distinctively French form of working class organization of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, bourses du travail promoted mutual aid, education, and self-organization amongst their members. 
A participatory decision making process for collectives that seeks the resolution or mitigation of minority objections (according to the principle of inclusivity) as well as the agreement of the majority of participants.   
Cost the limit of price
A maxim coined by individualist anarchist Josiah Warren (1798–1874) to express a normative conception of the labor theory of value—that is, that the price of a good or service should never exceed its cost. 
Abbreviation of "counter-establishment economics", a concept in agorist theory of the use and advocacy of black and grey markets and the underground economy to erode the moral authority of and the perceived necessity for the state.
…When a revolutionary situation develops, counter-institutions have the potential of functioning as a real alternative to the existing structure and reliance on them becomes as normal as reliance on the old authoritarian institutions. This is when counter-institutions constitute
Dual power is a state of affairs in which people have created institutions that fulfill all the useful functions formerly provided by the state. The creation of a general state of dual power is a necessary requirement for a successful revolution…
Love and Rage, Love & Rage Revolutionary Anarchist Federation New York Local Member Handbook; June, 1997. 
Dispute resolution organization ( DRO)
A private (or possibly cooperative) organization specialized in resolving disputes that would arise in an anarchical society (similar to a PDA). 
Diversity of tactics A united front of solidarity between participants who disagree on specific choice of tactics. For instance, during a protest action, demonstrators can create zones with varying degrees of tactical risk, rather than imposing a single code.
The concept of revolution through the creation of "counter-institutions" in place of and in opposition to state power. Used in  anarcho-communist discourse, it distinct from the earlier use of the phrase by non-anarchist communists such as Vladimir Lenin.
Physically searching through the discarded belongings in a dumpster or other trash receptacle, with the intention of salvaging useful material such as food or information. 
A theory in the philosophy of science advanced by Paul Feyerabend which holds that there are no useful and exception-free rules governing the progress of science, and that the pragmatic approach is a Dadaistic "anything goes" attitude of methodological pluralism. 
The practice of retrieving edible food that would otherwise go to waste and distributing it to those in need. 
A decentralized network in which skills, information and knowledge are shared with neither the social hierarchy nor the institutional environment of formal schooling.
An anti-consumerist lifestyle according to which participants attempt to restrict their consumption of natural resources and participation in the conventional economy to using salvaged and discarded goods. 
A monetary system in the theory, according to which units of currency retain their value or lose it at a certain rate, making Freiwirtschaft inflation and profiting from interest impossible. Freigeld is a German phrase with the literal meaning "free money". 
Second-hand stores where all goods are free. An example of a gift economy. 
Nonviolent direct action whereby disused plots are converted to gardens without seeking the permission of the putative property owners. Related:  squatting.
A laboratory for experimentations with freedom of information and communication, associated with the struggle for freedom of movement. 
The seven anarchists tried and executed for the murder of a Chicago policeman during the Haymarket affair. 
See Haymarket Martyrs
See social hierarchy
(also Horizontalidad Horizontalism)
A form of non-hierarchical social organization which utilises direct democracy and consensus decision-making. 
A doctrine which rejects all moral obligations and governmental law in favour of the satisfaction of one's own desires. Pioneered by the  Bonnot Gang in France and heavily influenced by the individualist anarchist philosophy of Max Stirner. 
A philosophy which demands the embracing of immediate social interactions with people as a means of countering the antisocial consequences of consumerist capitalism.  Individual reclamation ( reprise individuelle)
A form of direct action that advocates for criminal acts in service of a cause. Influenced by Bolshevik theory.
A space (often a social center) that serves as a node for anarchists involved with radical movements and countercultures for trading publications (typically books, zines, stickers and posters), meeting and networking with similar individuals and groups. The primary directive of an infoshop is the  dissemination of information. Related:  zine library.
A vanguardist organisation of revolutionaries first proposed by Mikhail Bakunin. 
Exploitation of differences in national laws and regulations to maximise  liberty. Related: dynamic geography, panarchism.
Dutch anarchists influenced by Peter Kropotkin who sought to promote awareness of alternatives to authoritarian and capitalist solutions to social problems in 1960s Amsterdam. 
" Land and liberty"
A slogan expressing the desire of freedom from landowners originally used by the revolutionary leaders of the Mexican Revolution. Spanish: , Tierra y Libertad Russian: Земля и Воля Zemlya i Volya.
Law of equal liberty
A doctrine asserting that each individual has the right to assert their fullest liberty to act so long as it does not extend them greater liberty than any other individual. Named by Herbert Spencer. Lifestylism
Anarchists who prioritize cultural and identity protest over class struggle politics. Associated with
Murray Bookchin's 1995 essay in pejorative reference to anarcho-primitivists, poststructual anarchists, and individualists/ egoists. 
A pejorative term for a set of French laws passed during 1893–1894 restricting the freedom of the anarchist press in the aftermath of an outbreak of propaganda of the deed.
A series of political and economic concepts developed by Ukrainian anarchist revolutionary Nestor Makhno (1888–1934) and his followers, and implemented in the Free Territory. Central concepts include anarchist communism, workers' self-management and—developed during Makhno's exile in Paris, France— platformism.
American schools formed in the early 20th century based on the ideas of educator and anarchist Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia and modelled after his . Escuela Moderna 
The voluntary reciprocal exchange of resources and services for mutual benefit. Related: gift economy, voluntarism.
Low-intensity social conflict employing a network structure for organisational control and communication. Related:  Security culture.
Non-aggression Principle ( NAP, also Non-aggression Axiom)
A prohibition against the initiation of force, or the threat of force, against persons or property (usually referred to as aggression or coercion). Generally used to derive the ethics of right-libertarianism and anarcho-capitalism. 
Used interchangeably with anarcho-primitivist.
Private defense agency ( PDA)
A term used by anarcho-capitalists to refer to a private organization which fulfills some or all of the roles associated with police or military in a statist society.
Propaganda of the deed
Property is theft!
Really Really Free Market
A free market based on the principle of gift economics whereby participants bring gifts and resources to share with one another, without money being exchanged. Related:  participatory economics, voluntary association.
Refusal of work
—the production of literature banned by the former communist governments of eastern Europe; the term is a play on the term for the Soviet state press, and translates to "self-publishing." Throughout the greater part of the twentieth century, the best literature, philosophy, and history in the Soviet Union and its satellite states was copied by photo-reproduction and distributed through underground channels—just as it is here in the United States today.
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The creation of permanent dwellings on the ocean, analogous to homesteading on land. A seastead is a structure meant for permanent occupation on the ocean. Related to  Permanent Autonomous Zones. 
Secrecy practiced by an affinity group which engages in illegal activities, and its precautions to avoid surveillance or infiltration by law enforcement. Related:  direct action, netwar
Acronym coined by libertarian science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein in for "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch". Used to express scepticism towards socialist economics. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress 
The name given to a series of violent confrontations between the Spanish army and the anarchist-backed working classes in Catalunyan cities from July 25-August 2, 1909. 
Trial of the thirty
A show trial in 1894 in Paris, France, aimed at legitimizing the passed in 1893–1894 against the lois scélérates French anarchist movement and at restricting press freedom by proving the existence of an effective association between anarchists. French:  Procès des trente
The political philosophy of veganism (more specifically animal liberation) and anarchism, creating a combined praxis as a means for social revolution.
The use of or reliance on voluntary action to maintain an institution, carry out a policy, or achieve an end. 
A political philosophy which advocates property rights and voluntary association as the foundation of society, and generally opposes coercion and aggression.
A term which asserts a similarity between slavery—the ownership and control of one person by another—and wage labour. 
A form of workplace decision-making in which the workers rather than professional managers decide on issues related to the operation of the business. 
Compound of and " zen archy". The social order which arises from meditation. As a doctrine, zenarchism is the belief that "universal enlightenment" is a prerequisite to the abolition of the state. 
A low-circulation, non-commercial periodical of original or appropriated texts and images. Usually reproduced via photocopier on a variety of colored paper stock.
A repository of zines and other associated artifacts, such as small press books. Zine libraries are typically run on a minimal budget, and have a close association with infoshops and other forms of DIY culture and independent media.
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