Ask the average person to define “anarchy” and they will give you the “death, destruction, mayhem” definition, or at least something close to that. The word conjures up visions to them of people clad in all black throwing rocks through windows and setting trash cans of fire during the Occupy Movement or the 1999 Seattle WTO protests or the G8 summit a few years ago. They visualize hateful odoriferous protesters demanding free this and free that.
What they don’t know, or refuse to learn is, that “Anarchy” is also defined as “absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal“. The origins of the word come “via medieval Latin from Greek anarkhia, from anarkhos, from an- ‘without’ + arkhos ‘chief, ruler’.” Meaning “anarchy” is simply that absence of force and the violation of consent.
Truth is, Anarchy is much more than that. It’s more than just the absence of a ruler. The idea has evolved over the years. It’s not just a non-government ideology anymore. It’s not just about one being able to do what they wish.
The ideology has evolved.
Like a vine, it has grown to reach and touch all parts of our lives. From the Non-Aggression Principle to Peaceful Parenting to UnSchooling to crypto-currencies to ride-sharing to the BlockChain to free source technology to crowdfunding to the modern homesteading movement. Anarchy is everywhere! And it’s still growing.
It’s the evolution of the idea that all human interaction should be voluntary. It’s the belief that force is only necessary in self-defense. It is the philosophical addition to the ideology. It’s the belief that the liberation of the mind and body from the will of others is the utmost translation of “liberty”. It is the evolutionary manifestation of the ideology that is “anarchy”.
This “vine”, this evolution of the ideology, is what I call “Modern Anarchism”.