What is Anarchy?

By Spiral Nature | October 11, 2005

“Today, dictionary definitions still define anarchism as the absence of government…Although the word anarchism is understood by many in its classic sense (that defined by dictionaries and by anarchists of history), the word is often misused and misunderstood. Anarchism, because of the threat it imposes upon established authority, has been historically, and is still, misused by power holders as violence and chaos.”

–Jason Justice, “Defining Anarchy”

“It’s an odd feature of the anarchist tradition over the years that it seems to have often bred highly authoritarian personality types, who legislate what the Doctrine IS, and with various degrees of fury (often great) denounce those who depart from what they have declared to be the True Principles. Odd form of anarchism.”

–Noam Chomsky

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