The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines anarchism as . . .
“a political theory holding all forms of governmental authority to be unnecessary and undesirable and advocating a society based on voluntary cooperation and free association of individuals and groups.”
However self proclaimed political anarchist Peter Kropotkin defined it as a . . .
"principle or theory of life and conduct under which society is conceived without government . . . harmony in such a society being obtained, not by submission to law, or by obedience to authority, but by free agreements concluded between various groups, territorial and professional, freely constituted for the sake of production and consumption, as also for the satisfaction of the infinite variety of needs and aspirations of a civilized being.”
So what does that translate to in plain english one might ask? That means no rules! No government! And although Kropotkin put it very politely anarchism ultimately means NO ORDER! As a kid or teenager Anarchism might seem like the greatest theory to be established when you have parents telling you what to do, not being able to drive until you get your license, or being able to “legally” have a beer before you reach the age of 21.
Then you might ask is this order necessary? Or more specifically what happens when there is no order and Anarchism is in effect. When Anarchism is in effect you wouldn’t be able to invest in stocks or property because when it comes to Anarchism there is no capitalism. When Anarchism is in effect someone could storm into your house and kick you out. You would be out on the streets in a second.
We give up certain freedoms in the United States in return for safety. It is against the law to break into someone’s home and kick them out, but in an Anarchist society it is not because there are no rules.
Peter Kropotkin once said, “where there is authority there is no freedom,” but is too much freedom a bad thing?
photo credits: https://robertgraham.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/anarchism-against-nationalism-colonialism-war/