Existentialist Anarchism, also known as Anarcho-Existentialism or AnEx, is a Post-left ideology that believes a truly Individualist society is only possible through the realization of existentialist philosophy. It could be seen as a reflection of Anarcho-Nihilism that has a more positive outlook on life.
Existentialist Nihilism as a philosophy was created around the 19th century. Though not directly stated by Max Stirner, the idea of Existentialism having a grounds for anarchism came about through the writings of Max Stirner and Friedrich Nietzsche. Before the Second World War, when existentialism was not yet in name, Franz Kafka and Martin Buber were among these thinkers who were also anarchists. Both are today sometimes seen as Jewish existentialists as well as Jewish anarchists. These philosophers were the leaders in the Existentialist Anarchist movement. In the 21st century, philosophers have introduced the idea of Optimistic Nihilism, which closely represents a view of Existentialism that views we’re not doomed to live in a meaningless universe–it’s that we get the chance to experience ourselves and the universe we share. This 21st century view of not only Nihilism, but Existentialism is becoming increasingly popular, and is shown in the scope of politics through political theorists like Evan Stoller.
Personality and Behavior
Specializing in aggressively pensive stares, Existential anarchism doesn't utilize any emotions other than a quiet depression.
While they enjoy debate they strictly only do so on a respectful and peaceful level, usually opting out almost immediately if the other side becomes aggressive.
Existential Anarchism strives to find their own individual meaning and tends to love profound talks about life. ExAn also tends to be quite philosophical and can be seen giving lessons to people about the philosophies of Maslow, Nietzsche, Camus, or Sartre.
How to Draw
- Draw a ball
- Draw a wave like shape then make another and rotate it 180 degrees so the flag becomes vertically symmetrical
- Fill the left side with blue and the right side with black
- Draw white lines on the curves of the wave shapes then add lines that curve in from the center
- Draw two shapes that look like the top and bottom half of an hourglass in white.
- Finish with the eyes!
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- Anarcho-Egoism - "It is saying that man is the reality—not even man in the abstract, but the human person, you and I; and that everything else—freedom, love, reason, God—is a contingency depending on the will of the individual. In this respect, existentialism has much in common with Max Stirner's egoism." Herbet Read.
- Post-Leftism - Another Anarchist that doesn't rely on the Left.
- Post-Anarchism - Criticizes classical anarchists for assuming an objective "human nature" and a natural order, which existentialism also objects to.
- Neo-Marxism - Jean Paul Sartre was a Marxist.
- Acid Communism - Optimistic Nihilist. Also R.I.P.
- Religious Anarchism - How can you be so pious in the face of undoubtable proof that God lies dead, what more am I not seeing?
- Anarcho-Nihilism - We both like to talk about about the nature of existence, but don't you want to deal with meaninglessness?
- Objectivism - You found your happiness, so good for you... but you are quite literally a walking contradiction...
- Anarcho-Capitalism - I can have interesting talks with him about individual rights, but he is a free market fundamentalist.
- Avaritionism - Ummmm... What?
- Soulism - You also believe that life is without objective purpose, but why believe in spiritual universe?
- Illegalism - Morality is made up and shouldn't exist, but extreme violence isn't good either.
- Assigning someone/something as an enemy of the self is nothing short of obscene.
Existential anarchism doesn't have any devoted theory to it, but has been mentioned by Max Stirner in The Ego and His Own. Existentialism as a separate theory is explored in the works of philosophers such as the Søren Kierkegaard, who is regarded as being the founder of existentialist thought as a whole. It is important to note however that Kierkegaard himself was not an anarchist and in reality was rather conservative.
- Either/Or: A Fragment of Life by Søren Kierkegaard
- Untimely Meditations by Friedrich Nietzsche
- Anarchism and Individualism Georges Palante
- Existentialism, Marxism and Anarchism by Herbert Read
- Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre
- The Rebel by Albert Camus
- What Is Life? And the Politics of a Utopia Vol. 1 by Evan Stoller