Anarcho-Conservatism, or Conservative Anarchism, shortened to AnCon, is an ideology occupying a variable position in bottom 2 quadrants that advocates for a stateless society that upholds Traditional values and respects traditional hierarchies. They believe that conservative tenants should be so enforced on the society that the government doesn’t need to exist to enforce traditional values.
Religious Conservative Anarchism
The term 'conservative anarchism' has been used in regard to a number of Religious Anarchists who support conservative cultural doctrines and norms out of religious belief. The core of these types of thinkers have been Christian notably Catholic but also have included Jewish figures, it could theoretically include practically any religious doctrine.
See also: Jewish Anarchism
One of the earliest people the term has been used to refer to has been the pre-Mishnaic Jewish rabbinic sage Shemaiah, who instructed in Avot 1:10 to 'Love work, loath mastery over others, and avoid intimacy with the government.'
Another Jewish anarcho-conservative figure includes the third century rabbi Gamaliel III who instructed in Avot 2:3 to 'Be careful with the government, for they befriend a person only for their own needs. They appear to be friends when it is beneficial to them, but they do not stand by a person at the time of his distress.'
See also: Christian Anarchism
One of the first Christians to be regarded by some to be described as such is the spiritual leader and author Peter Chelcicky who influenced the Bohemian Reformation. Chelcicky supported non-violence as a social principle and believed that '... he who obeys God needs no other authority.' with the full quote being:
The Church, having lost the capacity for patience and long-suffering, has also lost God. Authority based on compulsion and the love of Christ are incompatible terms. The state sovereignty does not admit the possibility of standing under the moral judgment of God. But he who obeys God needs no other authority. “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” For the deeds of faith consist in loving God and one’s neighbor, and the fullness of the law is love; the secular authority cannot produce this love by its sword, but it descends from above from the Father of Lights into the hearts of good will to whom it is a delight to love God, to do His will, and to obey His commandments.Peter Chelcicky, The Net of Faith (1443)
Chelcicky is also regarded as an early Christian Communist.
Influenced by Chelcicky was the Russian Christian Pacifist Anarchist Leo Tolstoy who is in turn also recognised by some as falling within the label of a conservative anarchist.
In turn, influenced by Tolstoy was the Catholic journalist and activist Dorothy Day.
In more modern times, one may cite the Anarcho-Capitalist and Paleolibertarian, Thomas E. Woods, who has writen on the influence of the Catholic Church in shaping western civilization and a catholic defense of free market capitalism , as another example of Christian Conservative Anarchism.
Bourgeois Conservative Anarchism
The term 'Conservative Anarchism' has been employed to describe a set of views which combine the support of values commonly associated with the Bourgeois socio-economic class while also being sceptical towards the power of the state, favoring, but not limited to: private property, a strict work ethic and nuclear or nuclear-like family structures.
One of the first uses of the term with this definition in mind have been in the relation to the Classical Liberal thinker Herbert Spencer, with Russian marxist theorist Georgi Plekhanov calling him '... nothing but a conservative Anarchist' in his book Anarchism and Socialism. With the full quote being:
The “father of Anarchy”, the “immortal” Proudhon, bitterly mocked at those people for whom the revolution consisted of acts of violence, the exchange of blows, the shedding of blood. The descendants of the “father”, the modern Anarchists, understand by revolution only this brutally childish method. Everything that is not violence is a betrayal of the cause, a foul compromise with “authority”. The sacred bourgeoisie does not know what to do against them. In the domain of theory they are absolutely impotent with regard to the Anarchists, who are their own “enfants terribles”. The bourgeoisie was the first to propagate the theory of “laissez faire”, of dishevelled individualism. Their most eminent philosopher of today, Herbert Spencer, is nothing but a conservative Anarchist.Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov, Anarchism and Socialism (1895)
The term was later used again in a similar sense to describe the Old Right Libertarian author Albert Jay Nock, who favoured a form of Philosophical Anarchism while also being a staunch supporter of Classical Liberalism, believing the so-called ' Liberalism' of Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a betrayal of the doctrine. Nock was the first person to use the term ' libertarian' within a right-wing context.
One of the most well-known supporters of this type of Anarcho-Conservatism is the German economist of the Austrian school of economics, Hans-Hermann Hoppe. One of Hoppe's central points is that the 'traditional bourgeois family life' is one of the historically best and most prosperous lifestyles (as well as the best for the continual sustenance of a libertarian social order) which should be encouraged, especially via ostracism, employing covenant communities which may exclude those who violate common values. Hoppe believes that the existance of this lifestyle allows the existance of other lifestyles and therefore 'deviants' should not be aggressive towards those who share the bourgeois lifestyle:
All other people, by and large, only imitated what they had invented and constructed first. All others inherited the knowledge embodied in the inventors’ products for free. And isn’t it the typical white hierarchical family household of father, mother, their common children and prospective heirs, and their ‘bourgeois’ conduct and lifestyle — i.e., everything the Left disparages and maligns — that is the economically most successful model of social organization the world has ever seen, with the greatest accumulation of capital goods (wealth) and the highest average standards of living? And isn’t it only on account of the great economic achievements of this minority of ‘victimizers’ that a steadily increasing number of ‘victims’ could be integrated and partake in the advantages of a worldwide network of the division of labour?Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Getting Libertarianism Right (2018)
'Tory Anarchism' was a term coined by George Orwell (The author of 1984) to describe his political ideology during much of the time he wrote for the literary journal New Adelphi. W.I.P.
In his book 'The Youth, The Beats and The Right-Wing Anarchist' the Italian writer and esotericist Julius Evola establishes a dichotomy between The 'beat', a degenerate state of being in which one has limited control of the self and the 'right-wing anarchist', a person who embodies order within a chaotic state.
The term 'conservative anarchist' has been used self-descriptively by the Taiwanese software developer and Executive Yuan digital minister Audrey Tang. Tang describes Anarchism as the belief people should people cooperate voluntarily without the state coercion and preferably non-hierarchically and Conservatism as the belief that the various cultures within the Taiwanese society should be respected and preserved. Tang is also transgender and non-binary, being fine with people using whatever pronoun they see fit for them.
The term 'Anarcho-Conservative' has been used self-descriptively by the English philosopher Stephen Richard Lyster Clark. Clark is a supporter of animal rights and vegetarianism as well as a writer for the U.K.-based Libertarian Alliance think tank which espouses Right-Wing Libertarianism.
The Old Whig classical conservative thinker Edmund Burke wrote the satirical piece called A Vindication of Natural Society, which put forward the argument that criticisms of the church can be equally applied to the state and if one seeks the abolition of the church one should also seek the abolition of the state, despite being satirical the book inspired William Godwin in the creation of philosophical anarchism. Additionally the economist Murray Rothbard accidentally mistook the contents of A Vindication of Natural Society as being sincere, if Rothbard were to be correct though that would make Edmund Burke an early example of an anarcho-conservative.
While largely made up of Trump supporters, the stormers of the U.S. Capital Building in 2021 have been described as ' anarchist' pejoratively. One could take this type of arrangement as being more specifically 'Anarcho-Trumpism'. Trump's policies have also been criticised as 'anarchist' by the american
brainlet journalist Neal Gabler.
How to Draw
The Anarcho-conservative flag is a diagonal bicolour of Blue (representing conservatism) and Black (representing anarchism).
- Draw a ball,
- Draw a black line diagonally across the ball,
- Fill the bottom in black and the top in blue,
- Add the eyes and you're done!
|Black||#202020||32, 32, 32|
|Blue||#01B8F1||1, 184, 241|
- Draw a ball
- Draw a red diagonal line across it
- Color the bottom half red, and the top half blue
- In the blue, draw three, white and spaced out stars in a diagonal line
- Add the eyes and you're done!
|Blue||#3F48CC||63, 72, 204|
|White||#FFFFFF||255, 255, 255|
|Red||#ED1C24||237, 28, 36|
- Anarchism - My dear Mother who thought me about the values of a stateless society.
- Conservatism - My dear Father who taught me about keeping tradition.
- Hoppeanism - My more radical, but capitalist self.
- Religious Anarchism - One god, no masters!
- Paleolibertarianism & Libertarian Conservatism - They have influenced me greatly! Pretty nice bunch but I wish they'd stop supporting statists, even though they claim to hate their guts.
- National Anarchism - He gets me!
- Anarcho-Monarchism - Monarchy without a state is really based.
- Christian Anarchism - Church buddy and dear friend. RIP Leo Tolstoy. ✝️
- Other anarchists - I'm a part of the family! But they just don't understand me...
- Conservative Liberalism - Vindication of a natural society was an unintentionally a great work that advocates for my philosophy, thanks, Master Burke.
- Authoritarian Conservatism - My fellow conservative brother, but statism, really?
- Anarcho-Capitalism - They're usually good but too often they value profit over traditional values.
- Anarcho-Naturism - Oh my! Could you please put on some clothes on brother?
- Anarcho-Fascism - You definitely take things a bit too far brother.
- Anarcho-Primitivism - Wayyy too far.
- Black Lilyism - Anarchist monarchism is based, but you also take things a bit too far. Why do you idolize so many leftist movements?
Not gonna lie, having my own cabin in the woods sounds comfy.
- Anarcha-Feminism - What do you mean statelessnes is when no kitchen?
- Libertarian Feminism - You're not bad, but I do not like weed. And also you are against my values. So, no.
- Maoism - Quite possibly my WORST NIGHTMARE! Mao was a totalitarian and culturally left dictator!
- Homofascism - OK, THIS IS THE WORST! That swastika has gotta go, and your degenerate views on marriage, as well!
- De Francism - Ok, for REAL this time: THIS is the worst! THIS is my opposite!
- Queer Anarchism - Perhaps you'd like a pinch of sugar to go with that drag queen's high heel.
- Marxist Feminism - You god-awful femi-statist!
- State Liberalism - Literally my REAL opposite.
- Fordism - Wait, I take what I said about him back. YOU are my REAL opposite.
- Revolutionary Progressivism - What the...
- Liberal Feminism - Statist and progressive. Need to add anything?
- Marxism–Leninism - Your existence causes me nightmares.
- Ingsoc - Orwell was right about you!
- Anarcho-Nihilism - You aren't true anarchist if you don't respect tradition and family values.
- Post-Left Anarchism - Lazy stoner who likes to breaking social norms and doesn't want to work and live in traditional community? You are not better than guy above.
- On Doing The Right Thing by Albert Jay Nock
- The Strange Case of Tory Anarchism by Peter Wilkin
- Man Versus the State by Herbert Spencer
- The Political Animal: Biology, Ethics and Politics by Stephen R. L. Clark
- Vindication of natural society by Edmund Burke
- Anarcho-Conservatism by EverybodyWiki
- Tory Anarchism in America by Erik Kain
- Should Conservatism Seek to Destroy the State? by Alexander Salter
- Conservative Anarchists by Daniel McCarthy
- Anarcho-Conservatism Explained by Vincent John
- Anarcho-conservatism – Is that even a thing? by Alex Illingworth
- Why True Conservatism Means Anarchy by Alexander Salter
- The Mind Of The Tory Anarchist by Andrew Sullivan
- The case for Tory anarchism by Aris Roussinos
- George Orwell: The English Dissent as Tory Anarchist by Peter Wilkin
- Ideological Hybrids: The contrary case of Tory anarchism by B. Franks
- The Conservative Anarchist by Dakota Hensley
- Hoppe: Habermas's Anarcho-Conservative Student by Stephan Kinsella
- Forming an Organic Right-Wing Social Order by Vincent John
- Strong Men and the Leviathan the Convergence of Hoppean Theory and Dr. Jordan Peterson by Gray Market Hoppean
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Anarcho-conservatism on EverybodyWiki
- ↑ The Net of Faith, Chapter 26 by Peter Chelcicky
- ↑ Communism in Central Europe in the Time of the Reformation, p. 105-106 by Karl Kautsky
- ↑ The Kingdom of God Is Within You, Chapter 1, Leo Tolstoy
- ↑ From Union Square to Rome, Chapter 6 by Dorothy Day
- ↑ How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods.
- ↑ The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy by Thomas E. Woods.
- ↑ Anarchism and Socialism, Chapter 9 by Georgi Plekhanov
- ↑ Getting Libertarianism Right by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
- ↑ The Anarchist Minister From the Future Who's Redefining Democracy by Asaf Ronel
- ↑ Audrey Tang on what it means to be a Conservative Anarchist by Hack Club
- ↑ Anarchists against the Revolution by Stephen R.L. Clark
- ↑ On the Side of Animals by the RSPCA
- ↑ Slaves and Citizens by Stephen R.L. Clark
- ↑ An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, Chapter II, Notes by William Godwin
- ↑ Edmund Burke, Anarchist by Murray Rothbard. It's important to note that Rothbard's mistake came from the misunderstanding of the timescale of when the work had to be clarified to be satirical. Rothbard though it took 9 years for that to happen (when Burke's political career was beginning to start), but it in fact only took a year.
- ↑ Capitol was 'overrun by anarchists and terrorists': by Joshua Q. Nelson
- ↑ Tomi Lahren scolds Capitol rioters as 'anarchist animals': 'Have your damn minds?' by Yael Halon
- ↑ Forget Fascism, It's Anarchy We Have To Worry About by Neal Gabler