Ten Anarchist Principles

By Peter Kakol


Anarchism is greatly misunderstood in the English speaking world where,
due to a successful and long-standing propaganda campaign by the wealthy
and their servants, anarchism is equated with irrational violence,
terrorism, lawlessness, and the misdefinition of the word ‘anarchy’ to
make it synonymous with ‘chaos’. But anyone who knows Greek will know
that ‘anarchy’ means ‘no rulers’; so an anarchist society is a society
without rulers, not a chaotic society. Hierarchical order imposed from
above is not the only kind of order, as anyone who believes in democracy
would readily admit, for there can also be non-hierarchical order that
arises from co-operation between people. A similar idea was held by the
liberal John Locke, who said that social order would remain intact even if
political order were to be dissolved, for individuals are able to organise
themselves for mutual aid without the need of an authoritarian structure.
The recent science of ‘chaos theory’ (which is badly named) has discovered
a similar tendency in nature – the ability of systems of order to arise
from chaos due to an internal principle of self-organisation, in the
absence of an external (physical) influence. Of course, for those who
believe that nothing can exist unless it be brought into existence by a
God who is the Cosmic King, will not believe in the possibility of
democratic self-organisation, and their political theory will most
probably reflect their understanding of the universal state of affairs –
that is, a hierarchy.


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