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Daily Lit: Philosophical Anarchism

on November 22, 2011

A brief introduction to philosophical anarchism: George Washington, first president of the United States, said, “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force.” Political philosophy asks, in essence, When is it legitimate to use force, and who decides?

anti-statist libertarian voluntarism

The constant use of less highly-charged words to describe anarchist propaganda is still another situation which is essentially American. In such a way, anarchist doctrines have found acceptance here when identification as the former would have produced a general flight away from it, so sinister have been the associative connotations of the word.

James J. Martin

When compared with the suppression of anarchy every other question sinks into insignificance. The anarchist is the enemy of humanity, the enemy of all mankind, and his is a deeper degree of criminality than any other. No immigrant is allowed to come to our shores if he is an anarchist; and no paper published here or abroad should be permitted circulation in this country if it propagates anarchist opinions.

President Theodore Roosevelt

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