Anarchism is a political philosophy that is centered on the rejection of a compulsory state or government. The state as classified by anarchists is a person or institution that uses force and coercion to dominate others, ultimatley leading to heirarchy. Anarchism is derivided from Greek to mean "without archons or without rulers". Everyone being free and equal under Natural Law would be the essence of anarchism. Libertarianism is a political philosophy that holds that every individual is the absolute owner of themselves and their lives and should be free to do whatever they want with themselves and their property/possessions, as long as they do not infringe upon the same rights of others. Libertarianism is principly opposed to the individual being subject to anyone other person, authority, or collective. I think we can all see how similar anarchism and libertarianism are. There are however people within both the anarchists and libertarian movement that claim to be anarchists or libertarians but hold beliefs that violates both philosophies. Within anarchism, an example would be the collectivist anarchists of AI (Anarchist International); http://www.anarchy.no/ If you read the philosophy of this organization claiming to be "anarchists", you will find that they do not oppose all forms of compulsory rulership. They maintain no coercion is impossible, and instead strive for "as little possible coercion" to protect the enviroment and provide services. They even advocate prohibition of drugs in their so called "anarchist" society. These type of people are of course not anarchists. To support any amount of force and coercion is un-anarchistic. Of course, within libertarianism there are many unprincipled libertarians as well. An example of these would be minarchist libertarians (such as many objectivists); http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minarchism Minarchists aren't in essence true libertarians because supporting the state is un-libertarian. Libertarianism is opposed to all force and coercion against the persons and property of individuals. Some minarchists believe that the state is a "necessary evil", but this is bullshite. Either you are oppose to all forms of coercion and force and libertarian, or you are not and not libertarian. There is no way around this. If you think about it, anarchism is the highest expression of libertarianism, and libertarianism is the highest expression of anarchism. This is why I call myself an anarcho-libertarian or a libertarian anarchist. "anarcho-communism", "anarcho-capitalism", "anarcha-feminism", "anarcho-primitivism", ect. only describe a certain arrangement once the state is abolished. But anarcho-libertarian includes any libertarian or anarchist philosophy opposed to all forms of force and coercion in order to create a free and equal society. Thoughts?