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    Illegalism is an Awaj.png Anarchist ideology and philosophy which claims that criminality is just another lifestyle.


    Influenced by

    Illegalism is mostly influenced by thought of Max Stirner and Anarcho-Individualism in general.


    Horizontal criminal groups existed majority civilization history, but first criminal groups associated with anarchism started in 20 century. Their activity was mostly in France, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland.

    Bonnot Gang

    Bonnot Gang (in french La Bande à Bonnot) is a french anarcho-individualist and illegalist informal organization, that embraced destruction of society as a goal. It was started by sympathizers of Anarcho-Individualism, that invented the idea of breaking the law as an attempt to spread anarchist ideas and create insecurity in the government that was considered as main enemies by individualist anarchists. The leader of the gang was Jules Bonnot. The idea of the gang was inspired by Max Stirner, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and Friedrich Nietzsche. In this group, there were idealistic anarchists and normal criminals.

    History of Bonnot Gang

    In 1911 gang has robbed money from bank by using stolen car. Week after it gang members broke in shop with guns and robbed several dozen of different types of weapons, and then killed rich industrialist Moreau and robbing his money. Gang specialized in stealing cars from garages. In 1912 Bonnot gang robbed gun factory in Paris, and then robbed next cars. During terrorist attacks they killed several police officers and bankers. Gang members were most wanted criminals, police from whole country searched them, and combating them was most important theme in media. After next attack police increased their resources for prosecuting criminals. The effect was imprisoning big part of gang members, only Bonnot and few others survived free. Bonnot died during shooting with police by gunshot wounds to the head. Rest members were surrounded in house by police and military, house was exploded and both died. Gang members were convicted to death penalty, but finally they got a life sentence.


    Illegalism is considered even by many individualist anarchists as suicidal praxis, so illegalism today isn't that popular, and today more popular is Insurrectionary Anarchism. Below are mentioned most significant insurrectionary groups.


    IRL Examples

    Most memorable example is mentioned above Bonnot Gang. Other are insurrectionary anarchist and individualist groups like Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei or Informal Anarchist Federation. Except ideologically aligned groups they still works unorganized and horizontal criminal groups.

    Fictional Examples

    One of example of illegalism in fiction can be Fight Club/Project Mayhem from movie Fight Club. At the beginning fight club specialized with illegal fights only, later in vandalism and terrorism. WIP


    Insurrectionary Anarchism

    Illegalism and Insurrectionism differs slightly in goals and theory. Some insurrectionary anarchists wants to change society and create something better, free territories without government and capitalism, while illegalists cares only about self interests without end goal.


    When Egoism is philosophy, Illegalism is one of possible actions and lifestyles related to this philosophy.


    Renzo Novatore

    Renzo Novatore was an Italian anarcho-individualist poet, philosopher and militant. He is mostly known for book "Towards the Creative Nothing". His ideology was inspired mostly by Stirner.png Max Stirner, Nietzsche.png Friedrich Nietzsche and Dandyism.pngCharles Baudelaire. WIP

    Foundations and Beliefs


    As core tenets of ideology can be considered:

    • Lack of hierarchical and structured organization.
    • Criminality as another lifestyle.
    • Law as artificial institution that has no power to rule individual.
    • Negation of authorities.
    • Opposition towards work and legal markets.


    Stemming from the Anin.png Individualist branch, it often uses the philosophy of Anego.png Anarcho-Egoism to justify its means, which most commonly includes theft and shoplifting, however, this may be expanded to include any crime which may improve its wellbeing. Illegalists also oppose legal markets and wage labor. It is false to assume that any criminal organization (except anarchist groups with ideas) practice Illegalism, it's still an anarchist and influenced by Stirner's Union of Egoists, so it is a horizontal unity of people, while most criminal organizations are hierarchical.


    Internal conflicts in ideology

    Social anarchists often considers Illegalism as nihilistic and bourgeois philosophy, because of capitalist interpretation of freedom and competition, that wastes power in fighting, instead of creating better life for workers just creating chaos. Accusations also came from individualist anarchists, as complete lack of respect towards other individuals and any ethical values. Some of them accuses Illegalism for being mass suicide.

    Factions in Ideology

    In illegalist organizations, like Bonnot Gang there were idealistic anarchists, and regular criminals.

    Personality and Behaviour

    How it acts

    • Unorganized gang member
    • Kleptomaniac


    • Obnoxiously French.

    How to draw


    Flag of Illegalism


    • Fedora
    • Eyepatch/Stirner's glasses
    • Gun
    • Robbed money bag
    • Drugs


    1. Draw a ball.
    2. Draw a line in near-black diagonally across the ball.
    3. Fill the bottom half of the ball with the same near-black color, and fill the top half with teal.
    4. Draw a white Anarchy symbol in the middle.
    5. Draw a big exclamation point (!) in the center of the "A".
    6. Add the eyes, and you're done!
    7. (Optional) Add a fedora and/or an eyepatch.
    Color Name HEX RGB
    Black #141414 20, 20, 20
    Teal #036A66 3, 106, 102
    White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255


    Partners in Crime


    • Anpostleft.png Post-Left Anarchism - Brother, you're a fool to fight for causes. And theory is for NERDS, only praxis matters!
    • Agorismf.png Agorism - Black markets are BASED! But why do you want to ban red markets? Selling organs and stolen things is based too!
    • Libertarian.png Libertarianism - You hate monopolies but usually follow the law? CRINGE!
    • Ancapf.png Anarcho-Capitalism - Fake individualist moralist, but has lot of stuff to steal.
    • Egocom.png Ego-Communism - You wanna be a selfish bastard like me but you're still a commie!
    • Communalist.png Communalism - I agree that if I want something I can just take it, but I will NOT give you MY property.
    • Apolit.png Apoliticism - You hate politics but you’re spooked by law? Cringe.
    • Mansphere.png Manosphere - I see nothing wrong in rape and incel shootings, but enslavement of women isn't good either.
    • Anfashf.png Anarcho-Fascism - You’re too concerned about all this “tradition and nation” BS.
    • Antifa.png Antifa - I may like riots, but I am only here to loot and kill and I don't care about your selfless cause! Also, many of you are statist.


    • Klep.png Kleptocracy - I'm not like you, organized criminality cooperating with the state is the worst sh*t!
    • Gero.png Gerontocracy - HAND OVER THE PURSE!!!
    • Fash.png Fascism - Anti-individualist!
    • Nazi.png National Socialism - Anti-individualist!
    • ML.png Marxism–Leninism - Anti-individualist!
    • Bankocracy.png Bankocracy - Put the money in the bag! PUT IT IN!!
    • Plutocrat.png Plutocracy - *turns on the bomb* STEP AWAY FROM THE VAULT! YOU HAVE TEN SECONDS TO TELL ME THE COMBINATION! TEN, NINE..!
      • Plutocrat.png - NO!
      • Illeg.png - THREE, TWO, ONE, *BOOM*!
    • Caudillo.png Caudillismo - Holy sh*t stop shooting at me!
    • Krit.png Kritarchy - Suspend the trial! *points gun* I repeat, SUSPEND THE TRIAL!
    • PolState.png Police Statism - YOU’LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE! *pew pew* Illeg.pngGun.pngDead Cop.pngJust admit that you are basically Klep.png him.
    • Platformism.png Platformism - F*ck your organization, fake anarchist!
    • Ansynd2.png Anarcho-Syndicalism - When you say syndicates we think about two different types of organization, and f*ck your bureaucracy!
    • Legalism.png Legalism - Yes, I am motivated by my self-interest. Do you think you aren’t?
    • Libfem.png Liberal Feminism - Aah, what a beautiful woman walking alone tonight. Now, *pulls her aside* let's take off your clothes and let the fun begin.
    • Everyone else - I'm coming for your property!


    Book.png Literature


    Primary Literature

    Renzo Novatore


    Further Information



    Wikipedia.png Wikipedia

    Online Communities


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