Archy is a suffix meaning rule, as in Monarchy.1 An- a prefix, from the Greek, with the meanings “not,” “without,” “lacking.”2 Together, anarchy means the absence of political authority.
Anarchism is a political philosophy that advocates self-governed societies based on voluntary institutions. … Anarchism holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary and harmful.3
Political authority, as with all authority, carries autocratic energy leaving its subjects (captives) stressed, oppressed, overburdened, overtaxed, and over-governed. Today, the mere mention of this or any peaceful expression of dissent has not only become enough to cast an authoritarian spotlight on oneself but to deem one as unpatriotic among peers.
What once puzzled me was not how one tolerates the existence of Authority (this seems to come as a matter of self-preservation), but rather how one becomes an active participant in its persecution, i.e., law enforcement, FBI, CIA, NSA, the armed forces. (Although the latter is primarily a function of propaganda gloriously marketed to the young and trusting mind as a heroic, patriotic duty in the guise of national security.) Instead, this alliance is explained as positions of authority invite domineering dispositions.
“All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.” ~Frank Herbert
Which brings me to veganism, the advocation of self-determination for all earthlings. All. By which veganism is as sure to anarchy as to what anarchy must find in veganism. Together, the evolution of unbridled freedoms. The live and let live revolution.
“How is this revolution to take place? Nobody knows how it will take place in humanity, but every man feels it clearly in himself. And yet in our world everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself.” ~Leo Tolstoy4