Terms and Definitions

Animals Killed During Crop Production: Not As Many As You Think

A discussion came up on Facebook recently about the death of small animals, or rodents, during crop production, and how this is a blow against veganism due to its strictly compassionate doctrine (i.e. that by harvesting crops for consumption, animal exploitation is occurring). There are several assumptions being made in that argument, and after some […]

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Anarchism

Anarchism is a political philosophy that advocates self-governed societies with voluntary institutions. These are often described as stateless societies, but several authors have defined them more specifically as institutions based on non-hierarchical free associations. Anarchism holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary, or harmful. While anti-statism is central, anarchism entails opposing authority or hierarchical organization in the conduct of...

Anti-authoritarianism

Anti-authoritarianism is opposition to authoritarianism, which is defined as <em>”a form of social organization characterized by submission to authority”</em>, <em>”favoring complete obedience or subjection to authority as opposed to individual freedom”</em> and to authoritarian government. Anti-authoritarians usually believe in full equality before the law and strong civil liberties. Sometimes the term...

Reformism

Reformism is the belief that gradual changes through and within existing institutions can ultimately change a society’s fundamental economic system and political structures. This hypothesis of social change grew out of opposition to revolutionary socialism, which contends that some form of revolution is necessary for fundamental structural changes to occur.

Reformism is to be distinguished from pragmatic reforms: reformism is the...

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