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Anti-authoritarianism is opposition to authoritarianism, which is defined as a "political doctrine advocating the principle of absolute rule: absolutism, autocracy, despotism, dictatorship, totalitarianism."[1] Anti-authoritarians usually believe in full equality before the law or redistributive justice, and in strong civil liberties. Often they oppose hierarchical relationships in all their forms.

Sometimes the term is used interchangeably with anarchism, an ideology which rejects the state. Although at other times it refers to another anti-statist philosophies or organisations, from right wing to left wing, including certain elements who repudiate the party form. Sometimes these groups, could be very close philosophically to anarchism, but at other times, they can harbor opposing values.

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  1. ^ Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus (1995). "authoritarianism". Houghton Mifflin Company. http://www.bartleby.com/62/15/A0111500.html. Retrieved 2008-06-25.  







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