To dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State. --Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution
Federation is a great idea but even anarchists such as Bakunin saw it as a political concept rather than a social one. Federation should not be seen as an elected or delegated process but as a network that involves agreements and accords between working groups.... We need open committees running things not elected officials who deny power and involvement to others.... The network model of federation is the answer to the problems of higher level political organization. We should see a landscape of horizontal connectivity where the connections are able to change according to needs. A network by is nature is able to work around pockets of authority, authority structures in an anarchist society would be isolated and out maneuvered by federative networks. Our job as anarchists is to begin to organize society differently through community based associations, and abolish the board of directors and officers in the organizations we build.