ABSTRACT

157“Anarchism,” comments Erich Mühsam (1932), “is the teaching of freedom as the foundation of human society. Anarchy (in English: without rule, without authority, without state) thereby denotes the condition of social order aspired to by the anarchists, namely the freedom of each individual through the general freedom.” Being largely anti-doctrinaire, there is no single definition of what anarchism is. Rather, it is akin to “a broad river” with “a number of distinct currents” that have grown more or less pronounced in different historical and geographical contexts (Marshall 2009, 6). As Mühsam suggests, freedom from domination is one of these currents.