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Lifestyle anarchism is a term derived from Murray Bookchin's polemical essay "Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism: An Unbridgeable Chasm." He used it to criticise those anarchists who he believed advocated individualism at the expense of class struggle. He also directed intense criticism at anarchists like Hakim Bey and John Zerzan who in his view promoted anti-rationalism. The term is sometimes used by anarchists as a description of positions that concentrate on changes to personal behaviour rather than the wholesale reorganisation or abolition of class and hierarchical society, or simply as a synonym for individualist anarchism.[1] Critics of this term see this definition as a form of sectarianism; anarchist librarian and activist Chuck Munson for example, denies that lifestylism exists, and has decried the concept as "one of the most divisive and destructive things inflicted on the anarchist movement in recent years."[2] Practical Anarchy has identified the "lifestylist" debate as "simplistic" and exhorted anarchists to move on from it.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Franks, Benjamin (2005-09-22). "British anarchisms and the miners' strike". Capital & Class (87): 227–54.  
  2. ^ "Alasbarricadas interviews Infoshop founder, Chuck Munson",, 20 February 2008.
  3. ^ Heathcott, Joseph (Spring 2001). "Food for Thought". Practical Anarchy ( Retrieved 2008-02-23.  
  4. ^ Andersen, Mark (2004). All the Power : Revolution Without Illusion. City: Punk Planet Books. ISBN 9781888451726.  

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