What is anarchism? Who are anarchists and what do they do? Who are some notable anarchists? Isn’t anarchy about violence? Is anarchism a viable alternative to the current political system? Are anarchists really against the government?
If you have any of these questions about anarchism and anarchists, or are interested in learning more about these topics, this page provides a quick overview of the subject. Infoshop.org has hundreds of pages, news stories and features that explain the basics of anarchism and much more. There are hundreds of websites and blogs about anarchism, as well as hundreds of books about the subject.
One good online source for beginners is An Anarchist FAQ which is very comprehensive. The scope of the FAQ is very wide-ranging, so beginners might want to pay attention to the first half dozen sections.
Anti-authoritarian, class war, collective, consensus decision-making, cooperation, direct action, direct democracy, freedom, freedom of association, general strike, mutual aid, propaganda of the deed, revolution, solidarity, voluntary association, wage slavery, working class
Notable Anarchist Thinkers
- About Anarchism by Nicolas Walter
- Anarchism by Sean Sheehan
- Anarchism: A Documentary History Of Libertarian Ideas—Volume One: From Anarchy To Anarchism (300CE to 1939) edited by Robert Graham
- Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction by Colin Ward
- Anarchism (Broadview Encore Editions) by George Woodcock
- Anarchist Portraits by Paul Avrich
- Anarcho-Syndicalism: Theory and Practice
- Bakunin: The Creative Passion
- Days of War, Nights of Love by CrimethInc
- Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Anarchism, But Were Afraid To Ask… by Simon Read
- Expect Resistance by CrimethInc
- Getting Free by James Herod
- No Gods No Masters edited by Daniel Guerin
Magazines and Journals
- Anarchy – A general interest anarchist magazine that covers theory, dissent and culture. Widely know for its stance against ideology and the home of post-left anarchism.
- Anarcho Syndicalist Review – A long-running magazine on work struggles, organizing, syndicalism, and the IWW.
- Fifth Estate Magazine – One of the oldest anarchist magazines published in the U.S. An eclectic magazine that covers anarchism, dissent, social struggles, radical culture and contemporary issues.
- Green Anarchy – A feisty magazine about anti-civilization, environmental activism, and militant struggles around he world.
- Anarcha.org – A good source for material on anarcho-feminism and more.