Juxtaposing Anarchy: From Chaos to Cause

By Colin Jenkins

Anarchy is synonymous with chaos and disorder. It is a term that stands in direct contrast to the archetype of society we have become accustomed to: hierarchical, highlystructured, and authoritative. Because of this, it carries negative connotations. MerriamWebster, the consensus source of meaning within the dominant paradigm, defines anarchyas: a situation of confusion and wild behavior in which the people in a country, group, organization, etc., are not controlled by rules or laws; or, a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority. The implications made in these definitions are clear any absence of authority, structure, or control most surely amounts to confusion, wild behavior, and disorder. In other words, human beings are incapable of controlling themselves, maintaining order, and living peacefully amongst one another. So we are to believe.

Categories: Anarchism/Anti-State

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