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Anarchy is the condition of a society, entity, group of people, or a single person that rejects illegitimate hierarchies Anarchism is a political philosophy that advocates self-governed societies based on voluntary institutions. These are often described as stateless societies, although several authors have defined them more specifically as institutions based on non-hierarchical free associations. Anarchism considers the state to be undesirable because anarchists generally believe that human beings are capable of managing their own affairs on the basis of creativity, cooperation, and mutual respect. While anti-statism is central, anarchism entails opposing authority or hierarchical organisation in the conduct of all human relations.

Anarchism draws on many currents of thought and strategy. Anarchism does not offer a fixed body of doctrine from a single particular world view, instead fluxing and flowing as a philosophy. Many types and traditions of anarchism exist, not all of which are mutually exclusive. Anarchist schools of thought can differ fundamentally, supporting anything from extreme individualism to complete collectivism. Anarchism is usually considered a radical left-wing ideology, and much of anarchist economics and anarchist legal philosophy reflect anti-authoritarian interpretations of communism, collectivism, syndicalism, mutualism, or participatory economics.

The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being. -- Emma Goldman

Rebellion is life; submission is death (La rebeldía es la vida: la sumisión es la muerte) -- Ricardo Flores Magón

The man who acts is not the man with a destiny, but the man who has understood. -- Alfredo Bonanno

We are convinced that liberty without socialism is privilege, injustice; and that socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality. -- Mikhail Bakunin

What anarchists had to do was understand the natural process of rebellion and not separate themselves from the working class under the pretext of serving it better. -- Buenaventura Durruti

When we ask for the abolition of the State and its organs we are always told that we dream of a society composed of men better than they are in reality. But no; a thousand times, no. All we ask is that men should not be made worse than they are, by such institutions! -- Peter Kropotkin

It needs very little reflection to see that a school for rich children only cannot be a rational school. From the very nature of things it will tend to insist on the maintenance of privilege and the securing of their advantages. The only sound and enlightened form of school is that which co-educates the poor and the rich, which brings the one class into touch with the other in the innocent equality of childhood, by means of the systematic equality of the rational school. -- Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia

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