The definition of anarchy. What do you mean without rule?

Without Rule is a blog dedicated to spreading the philosophy that no one is fit to rule any given person except that very person.

In order to speak to this philosophy, one must first consider the word: anarchy.

Popular culture (and some dictionaries) would suggest that anarchy is a state of disorder or chaos. Both Google and Bing give the following definition as a search result:

Anarchy – a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority:
“he must ensure public order in a country threatened with anarchy”

  • absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.

It is the bullet point that strikes me as closer to the unbiased definition. The initial definition implies the outcome of anarchy, as opposed to simply defining the term.

In order to explain the actual meaning of the word, one must only look to the root words that when combined form the English word itself.

  1. an – without, no, none of, etc. Used to make words that have a sense opposite to the word (or stem) to which the prefix is attached.
    1. E.g. anterior, anharmonic, anechoic
  2. archy – a combining form meaning “rule” or “government,” forming nouns
    1. E.g. monarchy, oligarchy

One can clearly garner the definition of anarchy from the root words.

It simply means: without rule. Anarchy is not lawlessness, nor is it implicitly chaotic.

The absurdity of the definition provided by dictionaries is more than apparent given the basic definition. The assertion herein, is that governmental rule is not required for orderly society.

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