What sort of world would we live in if we didn’t elect leaders, and there was no official form of governments? Could it potentially succeed as a method to run society, or do we need to be controlled by corrupt, self absorbed politicians? The Oxford dictionary defines anarchy as absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal. Anarchists are of the opinion that society has never given consent to ruling bodies, they’ve just been forced upon us, and are dangerous, and unnecessary. The word anarchy is derived from the Greek word ‘αναρχία‘ which literally means without rulers. People often associate anarchy with chaos, confusion and disorder, but like many words, it’s been twisted until the true meaning has been lost to most people’s understanding. Anarchists believe that humans can be self-governing and society will continue naturally without political influence. In other words they are confident that people’s liberty should be paramount and be allowed the right to self-govern.
”The roots of the word ‘anarchy’ are ‘an archos,’ ‘no leaders,’ which is not really about the kind of chaos that most people imagine when the word ‘anarchy’ is mentioned. I think that anarchy is, to the contrary, about taking personal responsibility for yourself.” – Alan Moore
Unfortunately, like most political philosophies, some anarchists have taken the spotlight for the wrong reasons, and have taken down governments to replace them with single party authoritarian governments like the Bolsheviks in the 1917 October revolution. Sometimes anarchists get confused with communists as they wish to share the power, wealth and production equally upon everyone, but that’s not communism, as communism is about providing people according to their needs, and are often ruled under a dictatorship. True social anarchists just wish to remove hierarchies, and focus on individual freedom, equality and tightly knit communities where everyone watches over their neighbours and collectively cooperate. . Put like that, it seems to me, at least on paper, an ideal place to live.
”Yes, I am 100% anarchist. Anarchy, to me, is a belief that all transactions, all activity, should be voluntary. It is a peaceful philosophy of not forcing anyone to do anything and not allowing anyone else to force you to do anything.” – Jeff Berwick
Anarchy can work, and has worked in the past, but we are living in troubled times, where there are civil wars happening as I type, acts of terrorism, organised crime gangs and many other factors that would prevent society operating as an equilibrium. Put it this way, and consider this as a case for anarchism. Are you more capable of ruling your life, and going about your business as you see fit, or do you need someone like ‘Donald Trump‘, or ‘Boris Johnson‘ telling you what you should, and shouldn’t do?