Intellectual Self Defence

Brains are delicate things…

Anarchy versus Chaos

Anarchy and Chaos
Anarchy is surely one of the most misunderstood and abused terms in the English language. The rich and powerful hate it because it says that they are parasites. The “intellectuals” hate it because it offers them no special privilege now or “after the revolution”, unlike say State Socialism. Rather than attack it directly, they mostly smear it as Chaos or Violence. Try to add up the number of times you hear this in a week- you’ll probably lose count.
In ancient Greek the word archon meant ruler, an- meant ‘without’, thus anarchy means “without rulers”.Now, we have been so conditioned to believe that our “natural” impulses are violent and despicable that we need a strong ruler/cops. But throughout the majority of human existence we have gotten on fine without such formal hierarchies, and managed to feed, clothe and organise ourselves.
It’s very hard for many to imagine organisation without hierarchy. But think of the simplest activity- planning a party or picnic. It doesn’t need a chairman, written instructions or the like. People co-ordinate, co-operate and it gets done.
Chaos means no planning, organisation, or co-operation.

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