Anarchy (from Greek: ἀναρχίᾱ anarchíā, "without ruler") may refer to any of the following:

  • "No rulership or enforced authority."[1]
  • "Absence of government; a state of lawlessness due to the absence or inefficiency of the supreme power; political disorder."[2]
  • "A social state in which there is no governing person or group of people, but each individual has absolute liberty (without the implication of disorder)."[3]
  • "Absence or non-recognition of authority and order in any given sphere."[4]
  • "Act[ing] without waiting for instructions or official permission... The root of anarchism is the single impulse to do it yourself: everything else follows from this."

From a Liberal perspective, anarchism in its political/ideological form (the third definition above) is unreliable, unsafe, and untested. It is unable to cope with unforeseeable problems in its federal, large-scale form.  Anarchists argue that the EU works in the same con-federal form (as did the US before the signing of the constitution), while liberals state that this is because of their states' existence. In economics, Liberals typically believe in some degree of regulation, while anarchists are either radically socialist or even more radically socialist, with mutualism being a notable non-capitalist form of anarchy that also employs a Free market. "Anarcho-capitalists" are NOT recognized as anarchists by actual anarchists, the tradition of philosophical anarchism has always been left wing and intertwined with socialism, capitalists of any stripe are not anarchists, they are wannabe feudal lords in-waiting.

Supporters hope anarchy does not mean chaos and disorder. Anarchy is a type of society that fundamentally rejects hierarchy, and the people create order through non-hierarchical relationships. Anarchy is a society that tries to maximize personal freedom.

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