"'Anarchy' means 'rule by no one.' The '-archy' element indicates that there is still some kind of rule--only that no one is doing the ruling.
...Other forms of rule--monarchy, theocracy, democracy, whatever--are anything but. They have an ideological vision of what that order should look like, and they are intent on imposing that vision on the world. They want order, but they want their order. They want to shoe-horn everything into that vision, however maladapted it may be. Where anarchy's order is organic, their order is ossified; where anarchy's order is adaptive, theirs is reactive; where anarchy's order accepts others for what they are and builds a system around that, theirs builds a system, and violently pushes everything into it no matter how ill the fit. Anarchy's order is elegant and gentle; it gives meaning and context. Theirs is rudimentary and violent; it is oppression and despotism.
Order is inevitable, but laws and governments are unnecessary contrivanes, unnecessary evils that afflict us. They burden us without benefit, they drain us without giving anything back. They take, but they do not give.
Anarchy's order accepts humans for who they are, and does not need any higher, better form to work well. Adams commented that if men were angels, governments would not be necessary. Yet it seems to me that governments are not necessary because men are not angels--it is governments that require angels, and anarchies that require men."
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
"Order is inevitable, but laws and governments are unnecessary contrivances"
Order, Chaos, and What “Anarchy” Really Means » The Anthropik Network:
Posted by Rob Pugh at 11/23/2005 03:26:00 AM