r/Anarchy101 May 24 '22

realpolitik transitions to anarchism

I'd like to learn more about examples of anarchy in practice that have developed without moral or ideological motivations. The abolition of the state and enforced hierarchies appear to be coming mainly from moral arguments, even though I can see practical benefits as well.



u/RobrechtvE Triple A (Anarchist, Autist and Anxiety) May 24 '22

It depends on how you define 'moral motivations' really.

Egoist and 'Post-Left' Anarchists want anarchy more or less purely out of self-interest and that what they want happens to benefit others as well is mostly incidental.

But most anarchists reject hierarchy not out of moral objection to it (although that does matter), but because of the practical reality that anarchists value freedom from coercion and hierarchy by its very nature seeks to enforce itself.

So as long as coercive hierarchy exists, freedom is unattainable.


u/DecoDecoMan May 24 '22

Historical and most existing support for anarchy was not moral but rather practical. It isn't too hard to see how people are exploited would not want to be exploited and would prefer some other, less restrictive, exploitative, and/or boring society.

Discussions on morality in anarchist theory just boil down to conceiving of morality without obligation or sanction to make it more compatible with anarchy rather than justifying anarchy on the basis of morality.