Monday, August 17, 2009

Forms of Government: Anarchy

The immediate onset of the French Revolution has been often referred to as a time of anarchy. Freetown Christiania in Denmark claims to be a current community of anarchy.

The symbol for anarchy is an encircled letter “A.” Often the colors of red, black, & white are also associated with anarchy.

Wikipedia states, "Anarchists are those who advocate the absence of the state, arguing that common sense would allow people to come together in agreement to form a functional society allowing for the participants to freely develop their own sense of morality, ethics or principled behavior.”

Most people refer to anarchy as complete lawlessness, renegade, rebellious, chaos, lack of control but those who promote anarchy prefer to think of it as “an anti-statist society that is based on the spontaneous order of free individuals in autonomous communities.

“Our government teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.” -- Louis D. Brandeis (American Supreme Court Justice; 1856-1941)

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