- The belief that proposes the absence and abolition of hierarchy and authority in most forms.
- (specifically), a political and philosophical belief that all forms of involuntary rule or government are undesirable, unnecessary, or unethical, and that society could function without a ruler or involuntary government (a state).
Names of anarchist schools containing the word "anarchism"
- black anarchism
- Christian anarchism
- collectivist anarchism
- egoist anarchism
- existentialist anarchism
- green anarchism
- individualist anarchism
- insurrectionary anarchism
- left anarchism
belief that proposes the absence and abolition of government in all forms
- "anarchism" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 37.