Among revolutionary political theory, Anarchist literature stands out for its radical defense of personal freedom. Anarchist Individualism takes this rebellion against authority a step further. From the utilitarian spirit of William Godwin''s rational individualism to the anti-philosophical tone of Max Stirner''s egoism, no authority is left unquestioned. What is the extent of personal freedom? How can personal freedom be maximized and why should we be concerned about it? These questions and others concerning the role of the individual vs. society are confronted by these two thinkers, and answered in ways that serve the actor, arguing for an anarchism that begins with the self. Religion, Government, Family and to some extent, philosophy itself, are exposed as institutions and examined in how they relate to the autonomy of the individual. This book is for anyone who may be interested in the nature of personal freedom and happiness, and how government and institution can have negative effects on an individual’s ability to exercise his or her free will.