Why “Social” Anarchism?

You may have wondered why I keep referring to social anarchism rather than just anarchism when I talk about the subject. Social anarchism is in fact what most who understand anarchism are referring to when they talk about "anarchism" without another word in front of or after it.  It is an ethical-political traditional which (contrary... Continue Reading →

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The Social Anarchist Conception of Freedom

It's hard to find a single political tradition that doesn't place "freedom", of some form or another, at the top of its list of values - from the far left to the far right. So what is the social anarchist position on freedom? Anarchists are libertarians, a term associated with freedom by its very etymology,... Continue Reading →

Solarpunk Virtues

Pending a fuller elaboration of a social anarchist system of ethics I'm currently developing, I thought I'd share what I consider to be some good guiding principles (virtues) of solarpunk as an approach to the world.  The ethical system is going to be a form of consequentialism which incorporates elements of virtue ethics, drawing a... Continue Reading →

Democracy or Autonomy?

   While social anarchists have always used the word autonomy – meaning self-directedness as well as free association – there’s been a certain ambivalence about the word democracy. This can be confusing for newcomers who start reading anarchist literature and see direct democracy being described as anarchistic in one book and lambasted in another. The... Continue Reading →

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