The Continuum Between Liberalism and Anarchism

Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“One objection to the view of a continuum between liberalism and anarchism is that other major political philosophies also have anarchist extensions. It is certainly true for socialism in some important Marxist interpretations (see Vladimir Lenin, The State and the Revolution [1917], who defends the ‘withering away of the state’ that Ruyer was quoting). It is unfortunate that marxism has long colonized the anarchist ideal. In the old European conservatism, anarchism may not have often been popular but it was arguably realized in primitive stateless societies. That, in these societies, conservatism and socialism are difficult to distinguish point to perennial similarities between the two ideologies.” (10/11/21)