Anarchist and other istsAgitating Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has made the term anarchist extremely popular on Google which means that you simply can’t ignore the different –ists that rule our lives. Here’s your complete list of important –ists:

Anarchist: Someone who believes that we should have a completely authority-less, state-less society. Example: Arvind Kejriwal.

Anarcho-pacifist: Any anarchist movement which rejects the use of violence. Example: Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi

Atheist: Someone who believes that no non-human higher power exists. Example: Albert Einstein, John Lennon, Richard Dawkins (considered a militant atheist).

Communist: Someone who believes that everything should be equally shared in society. Example: Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin, Vladmir Lenin

Capitalist: Someone who believes that it’s all about making more money. Example: Americans and pretty much the entire world now.

Fascist: Someone who believes that it’s either their way or the highway. Example: Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.

Marxist: Someone who believes in the works of Karl Marx. This group seems to intersect with communists and one is still trying to figure out the difference. Example: Engel, Marx, Trotsky, Che Guevara.


International meaning: People who believe in the teachings of Chairman Mao, believes everyone should be farmers and is generally considered a more violent form of communism. (Read: 10 tips to appear more intellectual for dummies)

Indian meaning: Anyone who pisses off West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.

Monotheist: Someone who believes there’s one god. Example: Christians, Jews, Muslims.

Nihilist: Someone who doesn’t believe in any religion or morality and believes living serves no purpose.  Example: Buddha, Machiavelli, Nietzsche.

Pacifist: Someone who believes that everything can be sorted by peaceful means. Examples: John Lennon, Albert Einstein

Polytheist: Someone who believes there are lots of gods. Example: Hindus.

Socialist: Similar to communist except for one vital difference. Socialists believe the means of producing and distributing goods should be owned by the governments and communists believe said power should be with the people. Example: India before 1991 and a big chunk of Europe.

Theist: Antonym of atheist, believes that there is a god. Example: Most human beings.

Traditionalist: Someone who feels deeply about tradition. Example: Most Indians.


International meaning: The separation of state from religion, the rejection of all religions and religious considerations.

Indian meaning: We really have no clue. Please go ask Mrs Gandhi and the Congress. (Read: Indian politics for dummies)