Anarcho-capitalism is a libertarian
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 and individualist anarchist
Individualist anarchism
Individualist anarchism refers to several traditions of thought within the anarchist movement that emphasize the individual and his or her will over external determinants such as groups, society, traditions, and ideological systems. Individualist anarchism is not a single philosophy but refers to a...

 political philosophy
Political philosophy
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 that advocates the elimination of the state
State (polity)
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 in favour of individual sovereignty in a free market
Free market
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. In an anarcho-capitalist society, law enforcement
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, court
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s, and all other security services would be provided by voluntarily funded competitors rather than through taxation, and money
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 would be privately and competitively provided
Free banking
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 in an open market. According to anarcho-capitalists, personal and economic activities would be regulated by privately run law
Dispute resolution organization
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 rather than through politics
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Anarchist solutions to social questions have ranged from total communism to an equally zealous individualism. In between are found sundry recipes, from anarcho-syndicalism to anarcho-capitalism.

Perlin, Terry M. Contemporary Anarchism. Transaction Books, New Brunswick, NJ 1979, p. 7.

There are several recognized varieties of anarchism, among them: individualistic anarchisms, anarcho-capitalisms, anarcho-communisms, mutualisms, anarcho-syndicalisms, libertarian socialisms, social anarchists and now eco-anarchisms.

Sylvan, Richard. Anarchism. A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy, editors Goodin, Robert E. and Pettit, Philip. Blackwell Publishing, 1995, p.231.

There are anarchists of the right such as Murray Rothbard (For a New Liberty [New York: Macmillan, 1973] who defend private property and free enterprise.

DeGeorge, Richard T. Anarchism and Authority, an essay in the book Anarchism by J. Roland Pennock and John W. Chapman, NYU Press, p. 108.