American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Absolute power; autocracy; self-government.
- n. Self-sufficiency; independence.
- n. A condition of absolute power.
- n. An autocratic government; an autocracy.
- n. Self-government; a condition of economic self-sufficiency or national independence.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Self-sufficiency, especially economic self-sufficiency as applied to nations.
- n. same as autarky.
- n. economic independence as a national policy
- n. a political system governed by a single individual
- From Ancient Greek αὐταρχία (autarcheia, "absolute governing") (Wiktionary)
- From Greek autarkhos, self-governing, autarch : auto-, auto- + arkhos, ruler (from arkhein, to rule). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Economic autarchy ("autarchy" is just philosopher-speak for "self-sufficiency") has a long pedigree in Thomistic (the most prominent strain of Catholic) philosophy.”
“And, as one of our readers points out, what is “fiscal autarchy” other than another term for "fiscal sovereignty", the word "autarchy" and yes, I did have to look it up in the dictionary meaning "absolute power".”
“Another way to true post-industrial decline, which is currently in vogue in certain circles, is to resort to the old isolationist notion of autarchy.”
“Libertarians who insist that policies based on economic fallacies should be abolished point to the dismal nature of states in the error-tail I mentioned vs the far more livable ones more in line with their preferred policies (often the same states that have undergone economic reform, like Franco's autarchy and the more free-trading "Spanish miracle").”
“Nothing is wanting in this autarchy, a completely self-sufficient closed system.”
“Again with generations of hindsight, the true lost chances may have been the failure to devise a generous postwar financial settlement (through which American support might have reduced conflict between France and Germany) and the failure to weave the United States into a global institutional network (thus possibly slowing the rush to protectionist autarchy that hastened the world into depression a decade later).”
“All these results of changing energy use portend result in increased autarchy.”
“' It is no accident that the Labour Party of 1964 should share this craving for autarchy, for economic self-sufficiency, with the pre-war”
“Where nationalism (sometimes more accurately tribalism) develops, it is often accompanied by efforts to attain economic autarchy.”
“This is economic autarchy: the state must be self-sufficient in this way.”
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