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Opposition to the State

Anti-statism is opposition to state intervention into personal, social and economic affairs. Anti-statism means opposition to the state and any artificial form of government, and it differs from traditional anarchism which means the opposition not only to the state but to any form of rulership.

  • Anarchism - Political philosophy that considers government unnecessary and advocates instead a stateless society
  • Nonviolent Resistance - Opposition to statist and authoritarian forces using protests, non-cooperation and other nonviolent methods


analysis: 1949-1951, by Charles H. Hamilton, The Conservative Press in Twentieth-Century America, 1999
Chodorov agreed with the goals of fighting communism, and at times he flirted with McCarthyite elements of the Right. Mostly, though, he reminded his readers that the ultimate value was freedom and that they should not squander it in an ill-advised effort to protect it. His point was simply that 'the commies don't count.' The real enemy was statism. To the question of how to rid the government of communists, Chodorov half-seriously remarked: 'Easy. Just abolish the jobs.'

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Anti-statism" as of 30 May 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.