Well it sure sounds like one. It contradicts it self rather well. Why then, is it so popular? Or is it just trendy? A way to be a Anarchist without being a right-wing-almost-Nazi.
Leftism is quite interesting. I won't make any quick definitions of what it is, because they'll prolly be wrong, so I'll just rant a little. Easier that way. Social responiblity is important. Those of you who read (and understood) The Lord of the Flies realize this. Without a social conscience, it would seem we are to prone to cheating. Altruism sucks. Cheating is easier. But we are human, and we do feel shame. That what the Left is a product of. Welfare protects citizens from artifical savagery, brought about by the unbalance of wealth. Regulation also protects us, the majority, from the rich minority, whose wealth is dirived from our need and the manipulation of. But this comes at a cost. Goverment is not totally responsible. Some are more than others, but there's always coruption of some sort. Be-it finacial, or simply biased becaused of opinion, the uneven grasp of power is sure to upset some. But rarely to goverment itself.
But then there's Anarchism. Anti-Nationalism. Anarchist (rational one anyways) beive that the goverment should be abolished. But this it would seem is very similar to the right-wing's objective; localized democracy. Anarchism simply takes it a bit further, free people from taxes, encouraging, and infact relying upon cooperation. Rather utpoian. But fashionable. And trendy. The key idea behind Anarchism is the abolition of goverment. But, what's the difference between Right-wing 'Conservitives' and Anarchists? Right-wingers are often stuborn people who simply don't want to be controlled by white-hearted Liberals, who take their money and give it to the infirm. In a sense, right-wingers are simple minded savages who don't give a dam about social responiblity. But Anarchists do. Sorta. Communism/Socialism with the almighty, opressive goverment, is the goal of Anarchists. Cooperation. A return to a good fair game of Tit For Tat. No cheating. But it seems naive to assume people will be so virtueous. And it is. Almost Utopian.
But where do these fit together?
Leftism: Social responsiblity brought about by goverment control (opinionated)
Anarchism: Elimination of goverment to allow a cooperative, non oppressive society.
I realize that this is poorly written and leaves many thing unsaid. Some of the things said in may be very wrong. Feel free to correct me. I'd like it. And then add your three cents to the matter, maybe we'll all learn something. Cheers.
-malcontent anti-corporate buddist leftist anarchist taoist.