Anarchy Is Order
The Anarchist Manifesto by individualist anarchist philosopher Anselm Bellegarrigue is an overlooked gem. Published in April 1850, its engrossing relevance is eerie. I have composited and modernized its first few pages. My intention is to deliver Anselm's message in a poignant manner, without losing any of its original essence. I urge everyone to delve into the original text as it has a lot to offer in terms of the cyclical nature of history and the value of anarchism throughout.
If I were to accept the dishonest meaning of "anarchy‟ then I should become a tyrant, for anarchy has become synonymous with civil war.
But I do not accept it, for I know its true meaning: Anarchy is the negation of governments. Governments, who have found nothing better to do than to school us in the fear and horror of their destruction. But since governments are the negation of individuals, it is reasonable that upon waking up to essential truths, that we should come to feel a greater horror at our own annihilation than that of our masters.
Because civil war is not a product of the absence of the State, but, rather, a product of a multiplicity of States, and competition and strife among the governing classes. Anarchy is an ancient word, but, for us that word articulates a modem interest. Anarchy, is nothing less than the true expression of social order.
How so? Well
Anarchy = negation of government; negation of government = affirmation of the people; affirmation of the people = individual liberty; individual liberty = individual sovereignty, individual sovereignty = equality; equality = solidarity; and solidarity = social order.
By contrast: government = negation of the people; negation of the people = affirmation of political authority; affirmation of political authority = dependency; dependency = class supremacy; class supremacy = inequality; inequality= antagonism; antagonism = civil war; from which it follows that government = civil war.
In the realm of politics, sacrifice of self for the purpose of the maintenance or installation of a government has always meant having one's throat cut and one's entrails torn out. Point me to a place where men openly slaughter one another and I will show you a government behind all the carnage.
If you try to explain civil war as anything other than a government's refusal to quit the stage, you are wasting your time. And the reason is simple. A government is set up. In the very instant of its creation, it has supporters (servants); and the moment that it has supporters (servants) it has its adversaries too. This fact alone quickens the seed of civil war, because the government cannot possibly act towards adversaries the same way it does towards supporters. In other words, once a government is in place, favouritism provokes division, spawning antagonism, making civil strife inevitable. From which it follows that government is civil war.
On the other hand, if we refrain from attacking or defending the government, we render civil war impossible. In doing this, we toss the State on to the dung heap, in order lay the foundations of social order. Now, if dispensing with government is, on the one hand, the establishment of order, and, on the other, the enshrinement of anarchy, then order and anarchy go hand in hand, from which it follows that anarchy is order.
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