The Pathos of Politics (76-6) Anarchism


Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others. ~ American author Edward Abby

The antithesis of state control is anarchism. Anarchists of every stripe see institutional government as an impediment to human progress and wish to strike it down.

Anarchy and statism are incompatible, which explains why statists must mislead people by defining anarchy as chaos and disorder. ~ American political essayist Darrell Anderson

Anarchism is often misunderstood. It does not prescribe anarchy. Instead, anarchists favor cooperation, thereby allowing people to fulfill their potential absent state coercion. In assuming that self-government would work, anarchism is exceedingly optimistic about human nature.