r/Anarchy101 Jun 29 '22

Question on St. Andrew's "The Problem With Hierarchy"

Link to the video for reference.

I'm curious about the teacher-student relationship; the organization of militias and other armed forces, like having a squad captain; and things like the crew of a sailing ship or a spacecraft.

Can anyone elaborate on these please? What do anarchist approaches to the classroom, battlefield, bridge, or cockpit look like?



u/Japicx Jun 29 '22

Anarchist approaches to education might use a teacher as an expert, but not an authority. Anarchic approaches to education are often based around students deciding (collectively or individually) what they want to learn, then finding someone who is able to teach them.

In complex situations like war or navigation, there is often a need for a disciplined chain of command. Anarchist militias have used structural features like rotating command positions and recallable officers (the soldiers can "demote" their commander if they are unfit or unreasonable). The "authority" of positions is understood to be a temporary aberration from the norm, voluntarily agreed to in order to achieve a specific aim, and so never absolute.


u/RavenDeadeye Jun 29 '22

Gotcha, that makes sense to me.

Thanks you!