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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Anarchy Defined

Years ago people at my alma mater distributed buttons saying something like "Feminism is the concept that women are people too." This provokes a "But but but..." Of course, feminism as it is portrayed is a lot more than that simple description. It indicates a social vision of a highly taxed and highly regulated populace, severe restrictions on speech and personal freedom, and government by lawyers and social welfare bureaucrats. Still, the button was a nifty rhetorical stunt.

Another one, as Wally Conger points us to, is "Anarchy is the radical notion that other people are not your property." The button is available at the Molinari Institute.

1 comment:

  1. I've looked up the definition of anarchy on Merriam-Webster Online. http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/anarchy

    It contains multiple, and to some degree, conflicting definitions. Although it might be implied, none of the definitions specifically refer to "government" as "civil government." The only noted alternative to civil government is chaos. A biblical form self-government isn't even considered an option.