"With a small a , the word anarchism implies a set of assumptions and principles, a recurrent tendency or orientationwith the stress on movement in a direction, not a perfected condition— toward more dispersed and less concentrated power; less top-down hierarchy and more self-determination through bottom-up participation; liberty and equality seen as directly rather than inversely proportional; the nurturance of individuality and diversity within a matrix of interconnectivity, mutuality, and accountability; and an expansive recognition of the various forms that power relations can take, and correspondingly, the various dimensions of emancipation. This tendency, when it becomes conscious, motivates people to oppose or subvert the structures that generate and sustain equity, freedom, and justice."


— Maia Ramnath, Decolonizing Anarchism