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7urte bat

Authoritarianism is a term that gets thrown around a lot, but doesn’t actually have much meaning. As Engels explains here, authority is necessary for any complex organizations to function. The reason we see hierarchical systems emerge is due to the fact that fully complete graphs don’t scale well. You can’t just have everyone come to direct agreement with everyone else when you’re dealing with hundreds, thousands, or millions of people.

The fundamental fallacy of antiauthoritarian movements is that power structures and authority end up being created organically without any checks and balances. Charismatic individuals gravitate towards positions of power and create implicit authority. It’s much better to build power structures consciously and ensure that clear checks and balances exist up front.

1urte bat

Thus anarchism is born. Just don’t build structures that function on central authorities.

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3urte bat

In practice, anarchist organization end up with implicit power structures and authority as does with every group of humans. The fact that people aren’t consciously aware of that these structures exist in their organizations makes the whole problem far worse.

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