Anarchy

  • a stylized 'a' with a circle around it.
    anarchist symbol

    anarchy is the state of a society being freely constituted without authorities or a governing body. it may also refer to a society or group of people that totally rejects a set hierarchy.[1]

    the word anarchy was first used in 1539, meaning "an absence of government".[2] pierre-joseph proudhon adopted the term in his 1840 treatise what is property? to refer to anarchism, a new political philosophy which advocates stateless societies based on voluntary associations.

    in practical terms, anarchy can refer to the curtailment or abolition of traditional forms of government and institutions. it can also designate a nation or any inhabited place that has no system of government or central rule. anarchy is primarily advocated by individual anarchists who propose replacing government with voluntary institutions.

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A stylized 'A' with a circle around it.
Anarchist symbol

Anarchy is the state of a society being freely constituted without authorities or a governing body. It may also refer to a society or group of people that totally rejects a set hierarchy.[1]

The word anarchy was first used in 1539, meaning "an absence of government".[2] Pierre-Joseph Proudhon adopted the term in his 1840 treatise What Is Property? to refer to anarchism, a new political philosophy which advocates stateless societies based on voluntary associations.

In practical terms, anarchy can refer to the curtailment or abolition of traditional forms of government and institutions. It can also designate a nation or any inhabited place that has no system of government or central rule. Anarchy is primarily advocated by individual anarchists who propose replacing government with voluntary institutions.