The Common Ground of Law and Anarchism

  title={The Common Ground of Law and Anarchism},
  author={Nathan Tamblyn},
  journal={Liverpool Law Review},
Anarchism often sets itself against the law. However, the alternative vision advanced by anarchism faces theoretical problems. Further, case studies of anarchist communities reveal practical difficulties, and resort to the very behaviour for which anarchism criticises the law. Nevertheless, the values inherent in law are strongly aligned with those championed by anarchism. Ultimately, law and anarchism need not be antithetical; they can be mutually helpful. 


Anarchy and International Law: The Approaches of Hedley Bull and Noam Chomsky
While scholars of international law have shied away from labeling it as such, the international legal order, lacking as it does central law creating, determining, and enforcement mechanisms, and
Anarchism and Law
This article uses the political philosophy of anarchism to critically interrogate the limits of legal authority, showing that the law’s claim to unconditional obedience ultimately is unjustified.
Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State
1. Death and Taxes: Liberty under attack 2. Forms of anarchism: Liberty regained 3. Law without Orders 4. Why hasn't it been done before? 5. Making the world safe from democracy 6. Constitutions of
Political Anarchism and Raz’s Theory of Authority
This article argues that using Joseph Raz’s service conception of authority to reject philosophical anarchism can be affected by political anarchism. Whereas philosophical anarchism only denies the
The Coming Redefinitions of Crime: An Anarchist Perspective
Crime's existence and substance are dependent upon institutionalization of the principle of legality. Crime is a denial of a prospectively defined legal right. A right is a legally guaranteed future
Occupy and the constitution of anarchy
Abstract: This article provides the first comparative reading of the minutes of the General Assemblies of three iconic Occupy camps: Wall Street, Oakland and London. It challenges detractors who have
Anarchy and legal order
Finding space for resistance through legal pluralism: the hidden legality of the UK social centre movement
This paper concerns the practices and tactics of the contemporary anti-authoritarian movements, specifically that of the social centre ilk, and their interactions with the law, and the determination
Direct action ethic
Direct action has long been associated with European anarchism, from the industrial sabotage espoused by nineteenth and twentieth century anarcho-syndicalists to the anti-Poll tax activists and the
Law as a moral idea
1. Jurisprudence and the Nature of Law 2. Dualism and the Archetype 3. Evil Regimes and the Rule of Law 4. Normativity, Legality, and Judgment 5. Ideal and Experience 6. Legality as a Value