List of anarchist communities

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The Trumbullplex, an anarchist intentional community in the Woodbridge neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan[1]

This is a list of anarchist communities representing any society or portion thereof founded by anarchists that functions according to anarchist philosophy and principles. Anarchists have been involved in a wide variety of community experiments since the 19th century. There are numerous instances in which a community organizes itself along philosophically anarchist lines to promote regional anarchist movements, counter-economics and countercultures. These have included intentional communities founded by anarchists as social experiments and community oriented projects, such as collective organizations and cooperative businesses. There are also several instances of mass society "anarchies" that have come about from explicitly anarchist revolutions, including the Free Territory of Ukraine[2] and the Shinmin autonomous region in Manchuria.[3]

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The Free Territory was a region where an attempt was made to form a stateless, anarchist society and its approximated location (in red) was in part of the territory of modern Ukraine during the Ukrainian War of Independence[2]

Active societies:

Past societies:

Intentional communities[edit]

Active communities:

Past communities:

Community projects[edit]

  • Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh
  • See also[edit]

    • Anarchy: Lists of ungoverned communities
    • Exarchia – district in Athens run by the Anarchist movement with no police presence and the government only intervenes during riots; marijuana is unregulated; famed for graffiti, cafes and comic book stores, it has become a popular place for international anarchists to visit when in Athens
    • Permanent autonomous zone – a community that is autonomous from the generally recognized government or authority structure
    • Zomia – the ungoverned highlands of Southeast Asia, held as an analogous anarchist society by professor James C. Scott


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    3. ^ a b "Cartography of Revolutionary Anarchism". Anarchy In Action. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
    4. ^ Clark, John (2013). The Impossible Community: Realising Communitarian Anarchism. 
    5. ^ a b c d e Gelderloos, Peter (2010). Anarchy Works. 
    6. ^ Hancox, Dan (20 October 2013). "Marinaleda: Spain's communist model village". The Guardian. 
    7. ^ a b c Denham, Diana (2008). Teaching Rebellion: Stories from the Grassroots Mobilization of Oaxaca. Oakland: PM Press. 
    8. ^ Anarcho-Syndicalism in Puerto Real: from shipyard resistance to direct democracy and community control
    9. ^ “Community Organising in Southern Italy”, pp. 16–19, Black Flag no. 210, p. 17, p. 18
    10. ^ Gelderloos, Peter (2009). To Get To The Other Side: a journey through europe and its anarchist movements. 
    11. ^ Collective, CrimethInc. Ex-Workers. "Other Rojavas: Echoes of the Free Commune of Barbacha". CrimethInc. Retrieved 2018-05-16. 
    12. ^ Pressly, Linda (13 October 2016). "Cheran: The town that threw out police, politicians and gangsters". BBC. 
    13. ^ Bookchin, Murray. The Rise of Urbanisation and Decline of Citizenship. pp. 18–22. 
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    15. ^ Karl Kautsky, The Foundations of Christianity, Book Three
    16. ^ Zinn, Howard. Colombus, the Indians, and Human Progress. p. 1. 
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    18. ^ Milani, Giuseppe; Selvi, Giovanna (1996). Tra Rio e Riascolo: piccola storia del territorio libero di Cospaia. Lama di San Giustino: Associazione genitori oggi. p. 18. OCLC 848645655. 
    19. ^ W.E.B. Du Bois, Black Reconstruction in America: An Essay Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007), 449.
    20. ^ Khadzhiev, Georgi (1992). "The Transfiguration Uprising and the 'Strandzha Commune': The First Libertarian Commune in Bulgaria". Nat︠s︡ionalnoto osvobozhdenie i bezvlastnii︠a︡t federalizŭm [National Liberation and Libertarian Federalism] (in Bulgarian). Translated by Firth, Will. Sofia: Artizdat-5. pp. 99–148. OCLC 27030696. 
    21. ^ Dongyoun Hwang, "Korean Anarchism Before 1945: A Regional and Transnational Approach" in Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 118.
    22. ^ Dolgoff, Sam (1974). The Anarchist Collectives: Workers' Self-Management in the Spanish Revolution, 1936–1939. 
    23. ^ Meisner, Maurice (1986). Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic since 1949. Free Press. 
    24. ^ Ward, Colin (1973). Anarchy in Action. 
    25. ^ Natasha Gordon and Paul Chatterton, Taking Back Control: A Journey through Argentina’s Popular Uprising, Leeds (UK): University of Leeds, 2004,
    26. ^ a b c Gelderloos, Peter (2015). The Failure of Nonviolence. 
    27. ^ Searching For Happiness In 'Utopia'
    28. ^ Bamyeh, Mohammed A. (May 2009). Anarchy as order. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 21. ISBN 0-7425-5673-5. 
    29. ^ Frater, Jamie (November 1, 2010).'s Ultimate Book of Bizarre Lists. Berkeley, CA: Ulysses press. pp. 516, 517. ISBN 1-56975-817-4. 
    30. ^
    31. ^ Bailie, William (1906). Josiah Warren, the first American anarchist: a sociological study. Small, Maynard & company. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
    32. ^ Pierce LeWarne, Charles (1975). Utopias on Puget Sound: 1885–1915. Seattle: University of Washington Press. pp. 168–226. ISBN 0295974443. 

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