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Left anarchism or left-wing anarchismTemplate:Ref label refers to forms of anarchism that are seen by some on the 'left of politics'. It posits a future society in which property does not exist and is replaced by reciprocity and non-hierarchical society.[1][2] Left-wing anarchism is thus distinguished from free-market anarchism[3] or "right-wing" anarchism (such as that of Murray Rothbard).[4]

Ulrike Heider,Template:Ref label who claims to be syndicalist, in Anarchism: Left, Right and Green categorizes anarchism into left anarchism, right anarchism (anarcho-capitalism), and green anarchism.[5]Template:page number Left-wing anarchism has been visible in anti-globalization protests, such as in Seattle in 1999 against the World Trade Organization.[6] Paul Thagard argues that "left-wing anarchist" societies can only survive in small groups. He claims that in a large society, "in order to facilitate freedom, flourishing, and fairness, having some form of government is preferable to having no state at all."[7]


I.Template:Note label Left anarchism is sometimes used synonymously with libertarian socialism,[8] left libertarianism,[8] communitarian anarchism,[9] or socialist anarchism.[7]
II.Template:Note label Heider's work has been strongly criticised by anarchist academics including Bryan Caplan and Murray Bookchin for the allegedly poor quality of its research and presentation.[10][11]


  1. Peacock, Adrian. 1999. Two Hundred Pharaohs, Five Billion Slaves. Ellipsis London
  2. Goodwin, Barbara. 2007. Using Political Ideas. John Wiley & Sons
  3. Paul, Ellen Frankel. Miller, Fred Dycus. Paul, Jeffrey. 1993. (no title listed) Cambridge University Press. p. 115
  4. Chomsky, Noam. 2003. Chomsky on Democracy & Education. Routledge. p. 398
    Chomsky, Noam. Language and Politics. AK Press. p. 153
  5. Heider, Ulrike. Anarchism: Left, Right and Green San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1994.
  6. Rosser, John Barkley. 2004. Comparative Economics in Transforming World Economy. MIT Press. p. 63
  7. 7.0 7.1 Thagard, Paul. 2002. Coherence in Thought and Action. MIT Press. p. 153
  8. 8.0 8.1 Brooks, Thom. (2002) Book Reviews. Journal of Applied Philosophy 19 (1) , 75–90 doi:10.1111/1468-5930.00206
  9. Morris, Christopher W. 1998. An Essay on the Modern State. Cambridge University Press. p. 74
  10. Caplan, Bryan Factual Errors in Marshall and Heider. URL accessed on 2008-03-08.
  11. Murray, (1994). "A Meditation on Anarchist Ethics," The Raven: Anarchist Quarterly,, 7, 328–46.

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