Anarchism that emphasizes the individual and his or her preferences over other considerations

Reference

Individualist anarchism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Individualist anarchism refers to several traditions of thought within the anarchist movement that emphasize the individual and his or her will over external determinants such as groups, society, traditions, and ideological systems. Individualist anarchism is not a single philosophy but refers to a group of individualistic philosophies that sometimes are in conflict. From there it expanded through Europe and the United States. Benjamin R. Tucker, a famous 19th century individualist anarchist, held that 'if the individual has the right to govern himself, all external government is tyranny.' ..."

Articles

Benjamin Ricketson Tucker, Part 1, by Wendy McElroy, Future of Freedom, Aug 2007
Biographical essay on Benjamin Tucker from birth to the early years of the periodical Liberty
"Tucker produced the rigorous system of individualist anarchism upon which modern libertarians, such as Murray Rothbard, drew heavily. Tucker stated the crux of his political philosophy: 'The [Individualist] Anarchists are simply unterrified Jeffersonian Democrats. They believe that "the best government is that which governs least," and that which governs least is no government at all.'"
Benjamin Tucker, Liberty And Individualist Anarchism [PDF], by Wendy McElroy, The Independent Review, 1997
Presents a short biography of Tucker and then the history of the Liberty journal, including its major themes, the debates over Stirnerite egoism vs. natural rights and its literary and international coverage, concluding with commentary
"In editing Liberty, Tucker both filtered and integrated the theories of such European thinkers with the uniquely American labor, freethought, and free-love movements to produce a rigorous system of individualist anarchism subsequently identified with him. It became known as 'philosophical anarchism' or, in a phrase often applied derogatorily, 'Boston anarchism.'"
Related Topic: Benjamin Tucker
Gertrude B. Kelly: A Forgotten Feminist, by Wendy McElroy, The Freeman, Oct 1998
Lengthy profile of Dr. Gertrude B. Kelly (1862–1934), Irish immigrant, individualist feminist and contributor to the Liberty periodical
"A labor radical who was deeply skeptical of unions, a medical doctor who opposed state licensing of medicine, a staunch anti-statist who broke with the most prominent individualist anarchists of her day, an ardent feminist who denied that there were 'women's rights' as distinct from 'human rights' ... In the opinion of Benjamin Tucker, editor of the pivotal individualist periodical Liberty, 'Gertrude B. Kelly, . . . by her articles in Liberty, has placed herself at a single bound among the finest writers of this or any other country.'"

Books

The Debates of Liberty: An Overview of Individualist Anarchism, 1881-1908, by Wendy McElroy, 17 Dec 2002
Excerpts available at WendyMcElroy.com; partial contents: Benjamin Tucker, Liberty, and Individualist Anarchism - On the State and Politics - On Violence - Egoism v- Natural Rights - Children's Rights - Intellectual Property - Trial by Jury
Related Topic: Benjamin Tucker