In defense of anarchism is a 1970 book by the philosopher robert paul wolff in which the author defends individualist anarchism he argues that individual autonomy and state authority are mutually exclusive and that as individual autonomy is inalienable the moral legitimacy of the state collapses. To entitle a book in defense of anarchism simply requires chutzpah to do it well requires some intelligence professor wolff has both anarchy being generally relegated to the ideological dust bin or drafted as fodder for editorializing blasts has long been in need of an intelligent reassessment. Preface this essay on the foundations of the authority of the state marks a stage in the development of my concern with problems of political authority and moral autonomy. Preface this essay on the foundations of the authority of the state marks a stage in the development of my concern with problems of political authority and moral autonomy. In defense of anarchism is an extended essay that is not so much the titular defense of anarchism as it is an offensive against the moral authority of the state ie that there is a case where the state can command an individual even against that persons moral beliefs
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