Autonomous Anarchies

Anarchy is not the lack of order. It is the lack of any ruler. That is the original, which is to say the archaic, sense of the term anarchy, from the ancient Greek prefix an-, "without," plus arkhon, "ruler." We need to reclaim that archaic sense of anarchy: to bring it back to the original, fecundating well of meaning from which the word itself first sprang. Such verbal reclamation would serve all of us. It would serve us all both distributively and compositely, as itself befits anarchy.

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