anarchist

Should you ever decide to form a club for anarchists, you might want to keep this in mind: Running for club president will make you unpopular, since anarchists prefer a stateless society and distrust ruling powers.

When the Sex Pistols released "Anarchy in the UK" in 1976, they clashed with Margaret Thatcher's ideal of conservative England. Translated from the Greek, by way of Middle Latin, anarchy means "without a leader," and that's what an anarchist is all about. Given that anarchists reject authority, it's not surprising that there are many types of anarchism, ranging from those that promote the perfect liberty of the individual to those that endorse communist or socialist ideas.

Definitions of anarchist
  1. noun
    an advocate of anarchism
    synonyms: nihilist, syndicalist
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    Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin
    Russian anarchist; ally and later opponent of Karl Marx (1814-1876)
    Emma Goldman
    United States anarchist (born in Russia) who opposed conscription; was deported to the Soviet Union in 1919 (1869-1940)
    Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin
    Russian anarchist (1842-1921)
    Nicola Sacco
    United States anarchist (born in Italy) who with Bartolomeo Vanzetti was convicted of murder and in spite of world-wide protest was executed (1891-1927)
    Benjamin Ricketson Tucker
    United States anarchist influential before World War I (1854-1939)
    Bartolomeo Vanzetti
    United States anarchist (born in Italy) who with Nicola Sacco was convicted of murder and in spite of world-wide protest was executed (1888-1927)
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    radical
    a person who has radical ideas or opinions
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