so society seeks order in anarchy

“As man seeks justice in equality, so society seeks order in anarchy.” – Pierre-Joeph Proudhon

“Entirely in contrast to the popular conception, anarchism is probably the most idealistic and peaceful of political theories. As a philosophy, it assumes a system in which the individual is free and living in peace; it looks forward to a time when human beings can coexist within a framework of voluntary associations.It is in no sense either Marxist or Leninist; anarchism in fact rejects the Marxist-Leninist theory of the dictatorship of the proletariat, as it rejects any theory involving control of one class or individual by another.” – Tom Burnam, The Dictionary Of Misinformation

“1530s, from French anarchie or directly from Medieval Latin anarchia, from Greek anarkhia (‘lack of a leader, the state of people without a government’; in Athens, used of the Year of Thirty Tyrants, 404 B.C., when there was no archon, or leader), noun of state from anarkhos ‘(rulerless), from an- (‘without’) + arkhos (‘leader’).” – Online Etymology Dictionary

“Either the State for ever, crushing individual and local life, taking over in all fields of human activity, bringing with it its wars and its domestic struggles for power, its palace revolutions which only replace one tyrant by another, and inevitably at the end of this development there is … death! Or the destruction of States, and new life starting again in thousands of centers on the principle of the lively initiative of the individual and groups and that of free agreement. The choice lies with you!” – Prince Peter Kropotkin



“Proudhon goes on to suggest that the real laws by which society functions have nothing to do with authority; they are not imposed from above, but stem from the nature of society itself. He sees the free emergence of such laws as the goal of social endeavour. Proudhon conceiving a natural law of balance operating within society, rejects authority as an enemy and not a friend of order, and throws back at the authoritarians the accusations leveled at anarchists; in the process he adopts the title he hopes to have cleared of obloquy.” – George Woodcock, Anarchism: A History Of Libertarian Ideas And Movements 

“As for politics, I’m an anarchist. I hate governments and rules and fetters. Can’t stand caged animals. People must be free.” – Charlie Chaplin


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