On what grounds do Anarchists believe in the possibility of a stateless society

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Danny Burgess                  13JPi

“On what grounds do Anarchists believe in the possibility of a stateless society” (15)

Anarchists share the view that every human being has the capacity to be inherently good. Society however, does not necessarily help this, and corrupts the individual, ‘from his birth, not a single human being is either good or bad’, however society corrupts and the only way for us all to have a positive human nature is through revolution of society and the removal of the state. Anarchists believe that a stateless society would be one which would work, as people would co-exist peacefully, with mutual cooperation in order to thrive and survive.

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Without a state, Anarchists believe that people would be capable of organising themselves without being ruled over from above, and would for a spontaneous social order, without a natural hierarchy and without there being an inequality due to a class based society with an elite section. Collectivist anarchists claim human beings are naturally sociable and co-operative. Collectivist anarchists argue that common ownership, decentralisation and self-management encourage social harmony and personal development. Individualist anarchists stress the importance of enlightened human reason. Individualist anarchists place faith in market competition as a means of ensuring order.

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