When describing what anarchy is, it is often easier to first describe what it isn’t. True anarchy is not disorder and confusion. Anarchy does not mean that there are no laws or consequences for one’s actions. Anarchy does not mean that there are no rules; it simply means there are no rulers.
Anarchy is an ancient word comprised of the prefix “an” which means zero, and the suffix archy which is derived from the root archon, the Greek word that means “ruler” or “lord.” In the same way mono is a prefix for one, as in the word “monarchy,” meaning “rule by one person,” the etymology of the word leads us to define anarchy simply as “no rulers.”
Anarchy refers to the state of a society without authorities or a governing body that is imposed by force. Although it may also refer to a society or group of people that totally rejects any hierarchy. The Oxford dictionary defines anarchy as “a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority,” however, many anarchists believe that the absence of a ruler would lead to spontaneous order.
Anarchy is order by; Julia Tourianski
The Multiple Meanings of Anarchy
The existence of definitions that are in semantic conflict does not imply that one (or more) of them is right or wrong; rather it simply shows that multisense words like anarchy mean different things in different contexts.
Anarchy does not mean “no rules.” It literally means “no rulers,” but the inter-generational organized crime syndicate that currently occupies the ruling class does not want the public to know that there is an option on the menu called “no rulers.” They have used their mass media, education, and propaganda system to change the meaning of the word “no rulers,” so that it is conflated with “chaos” and disorder. This practice started in France in 1893 when the occupying government of that time passed the Lois Scelerates (“villainous laws”) which made it a crime to even use the word anarchist. Today the organized crime fraternity, which controls the government, uses its influence over media, Wikipedia, and even the dictionary to confuse the public into associating anarchy with everything from violence to communism. The Canadian police were even caught staging violence, with police dressed as anarchists during a protest against the G8 summit in Montebello in 2007.
“Anarchism stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion and liberation of the human body from the coercion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government. It stands for a social order based on the free grouping of individuals…” ―
The weaponized mass media propaganda system would have you believe that anarchy is something to be feared because without government there would be Mad Max “chaos” and murder in the streets. However, the truth is that anarchy is a philosophy of peace in which the majority of anarchist believes in the non-aggression principle. This principle holds that initiating violence is illegitimate except in self-defense or protection of property. Anarchists reject any type of authority by force or coercive control.
How then, without authority as we have come to understand it, would people be protected? In a world without rulers there would still be free-market solutions for justice and armed protective services—though, without a monopoly from the government, those protectors would be focused on real crimes with real victims rather than engaging in road piracy or wasting resources on victimless crimes (like recreational drug use). They would not delusively believe that they have rights that others do not and could be fired immediately at the first signs of abuse of power. Many legal theorists believe that anarchy would lead to dramatically less crime and violence in society. This effect can even be shown today in places like Cheran, Mexico where the people kicked out their government and police forces and saw an almost immediate decrease in crime and violence in their community.
One of the most important functions of an Anarchist is to build beautiful things and create lasting value. You can learn more about the true nature of anarchy and what it means today by attending this years’ Anarchapulco event in Acapulco Mexico.