from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Absence of any form of political authority.
- noun Political disorder and confusion.
- noun Absence of any cohesive principle, such as a common standard or purpose.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Absence or insufficiency of government; a state of society in which there is no capable supreme power, and in which the several functions of the state are performed badly or not at all; social and political confusion.
- noun Specifically A social theory which regards the union of order with the absence of all direct government of man by man as the political ideal; absolute individual liberty.
- noun Confusion in general.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Absence of government; the state of society where there is no law or supreme power; a state of lawlessness; political confusion.
- noun Hence, confusion or disorder, in general.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun uncountable The state of a society being without
authoritiesor a governingbody.
- noun uncountable
Anarchism; the political theorythat a communityis best organizedby the voluntary cooperationof individuals, rather than by a government, which is regarded as being coerciveby nature.
- noun countable A
chaoticand confusing absenceof any form of political authorityor government.
Confusionin general; disorder.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Using modifications of the term anarchy, such as “market anarchy,” or “anarcho-capitalist,” implies that plain old “anarchy” is *not* libertarian or not compatible with free markets.
In the words of the People's Poet, "now that's what I call anarchy!"
ZAHN: We just had an eye witness on the air, a gentleman named Allister Goldwine, who talked about what he described as anarchy when he entered the cafeteria.
He urged residents and organisations in the area to distance themselves from what he called anarchy and to help expose the criminals behind the incidents.
"Constitution," for having no Government; and yet admitted that what he called their anarchy had done perhaps more than anything else could have done to subdue the wilderness.
The word "anarchy" is not too strong a term to describe accurately the Quebec construction industry these last few years.
As this situation deteriorates until anarchy is full swing ‘nutin’ will change.
Consequently, the riots regarding these really need to be seen as a lesson as to why free speech laws protect everyone, and why free speech anarchy is a goodthing.
Consequently, the riots regarding these really need to be seen as a lesson as to why free speech laws protect everyone, and why free speech anarchy is a good thing.
If someone makes an argument for smaller government, you counter with why anarchy is such a bad idea.