Gian Piero de Bellis

Anarchy & Pseudo-anarchy
The 10 basic differences

(2022)

 



Note

This text was used as an introduction to a debate on anarchy held at the World Wide Wisdom Research and Documentation Centre in Saint-Imier during the Libertarian Week on 29 and 30 July 2022

 


 

 

Anarchy

Pseudo-anarchy

1

Movement (fluid and open)
All non-authoritarian people are welcome

Party (centralised and closed)
You participate following acceptance by two people

2

Associated values and behaviours
Freedom - equity - solidarity

Ideology (ism): doctrinal body promoted by the leading group or by a majority of anarchists

3

Economy - Society
Activities in these areas
Against politics

Politics
Operating in the political sphere

4

Neither to the right nor to the left (because these are political-parliamentary categories alien to anarchists)

Left (extreme)

5

Neither public nor private
(categories of the state paradigm; public = state)

Public prevails over private
(public school, public enterprise, public services, etc.) (public = state)

6

Self-management (free personal choices)
Freedom for all individuals

Democracy (decisions made by the majority)
Power to the people

7

Variety - Plurality of options
(communism - collectivism - mutualism - individualism, etc.)

Uniformity
The ideology adopted by the majority of anarchists or decreed by the leading group.

8

Laissez-faire Laissez-passer
Freedom of activity, freedom of movement
Beyond liberalism

Against Laissez-faire Laissez-passer

Against liberalism

9

Property is theft (Pierre-Joseph Proudhon)
Property is freedom (Pierre-Joseph Proudhon)
(According to the nature of property)

Property is theft
(Communism for all)

10

Beyond the (territorial monopolistic) state
Voluntary communities
Solidarity, mutual support

For the welfare state: state aid to families, businesses, etc.
(Welfare State, basic income)

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