Who leads an anarchy? LO29158

From: Rick Parkany (rparkany@borg.com)
Date: 09/10/02

Replying to LO29153 --

Fred: definitions, particularly those in common coinage and use often hide
more than they reveal. I usually focus on the etymological notes in
dictionaries, like the one offered by dctionary.com or CT Onion's
*Dictionary of English Etymology* (1913), my favorite desk reference,
etymology being the history of the USE of the word and itds semantic

Here is the dictionary.com etymological notes:

  [New Latin anarchia, from Greek anarkhi, from anarkhos, without a ruler
: an-, without; see a-1 + arkhos, ruler; see -arch.]

As a political movement, anarchy was anything BUT a lack of governance,
though it DID certainly eschew heirarchy. Syndicalism was its political
residue, and in many ways, albeit transmogrified, resembles the innards of
the Corporate State in which we are so inextricably embedded, though
certainly coopted and stood on its head... ;-} rap.

(An) Anarchy Home Page:
Anarchy: Any form of societal organization without a ruler or other form
of centralized, coercive control.

Anarchy Archives:
Anarcho-Syndicalism 101:


Fred Nickols wrote:

> I'm confused. I thought anarchy was marked by the absence of government,
> not the absence of organized, collaborative effort or leaders. To my way
> of thinking, no one leads an anarchy, although someone might well lead a
> revolution that produces anarchy (but I doubt it; after all,
> revolutionaries usually want only to replace the existing government with
> a new and improved one -- with the revolutionaries now in the seats of
> power).


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