Stoic q&a: are Stoics anarchists?

[image: anarchist Mikhail Bakunin, Wikipedia; this is essay #288 in the “Philosophy as a Way of Life” series]

D. writes: I was just reading an essay by Mikhail Bakunin in which he criticizes Marx, and specifically his support for the idea of a State. As an anarchist, Bakunin believes the State will always be unfair because it is inevitably based on minority rule. He also believes the idea of nation states is harmful because it incentivizes competition and conflict, often leading to war. Suffering becomes justified in the name of State’s