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Explain the Difference: From An Ideological Perspective

For this post, let’s try to understand what the difference is between anarchism and libertarianism.

Start with the premise that anarchism or anarchy is the disorder caused by a fundamental indifference to authority.  You could also say that it is a society without an authority.

Look at this description of libertarianism:

Libertarianism, or classical liberalism as it was called during the American Revolution, supports a federal government that has very limited powers. The definition of limited powers would be derived from the United States Constitution. Simply put, if there was a question on the size and scope of the federal government, then the Constitution would be final arbiter in settling a governmental dispute between the federal government and the states. Only that which is written specifically for the federal government in the Constitution can belong to the federal government. That which is not a federal government power would then belong to the states.

For this post, I want you to consider that possibility that some individuals equate anarchy with libertarianism.  Do you agree that the two are the same?  (You can also find similar posts regarding political ideologies on the Politics Matters blog from previous years.)