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Definition of anarchy
This is not true, the word anarchy, as defined and first used in the Greek language, simply means without rulers not disorder, chaos, confusion, and not even without rules.
There is much confusion between the definitions of anarchy and anarchism. Anarchy is a state of lawlessness and disorder. Anarchism is a political theory having obvious etymological ties to the word "anarchy". However, they are two different concepts: Whereas the word "anarchy" denotes confusion and disorder, the politics of anarchism seek harmonious society despite the absence of hierarchical or coercive institutions, e.g. government or big business.
I think the definition of "anarchy" in this article ought to be changed to the simple dictionary definition (the entire definition) of the word to prevent further confusion. Subversive 09:18, 6 October 2005 (UTC)
- Can link political theory: '''Anarchy''' can refer to: *the political theory [[anarchism]], with its traditional ("left") wing also know...
- Can link political authorities: ...ally references a situation in which several governments or political authorities are competing for control of a given set of resources, geop...
- Can link social organization: ...e to time for those who espouse anarchy as a viable form of social organization; it is a constant barrier to clear communication between su...
- Can link ancient Greeks: ...iffers from how the term was originally defined and used by ancient Greeks. For example, [[Athenian democracy]] was not considered to ... (link to section)
- Can link right to vote: ...e citizen of Athens who was not ruled by anyone and had the right to vote was not called ''anarchos'' but ''eleutheros'' (free). The ... (link to section)
- Can link questions and answers: ...aq/index.html An Anarchist FAQ] -- large site includes many questions and answers on anarchy and anarchism.... (link to section)
Additionally, there are some other articles which may be able to linked to this one (also known as "backlinks"):
- In CamelCase and Wiki, can backlink aNaRcHy: ...* AlabamA (CamelCased words need at least two components) * aNaRcHy cAsE...
Notes: The article text has not been changed in any way; Some of these suggestions may be wrong, some may be right.
Feedback: I like it, I hate it, Please don't link to — LinkBot 11:28, 1 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Note: anarchy is used in the study of international relations to refer to a state system in which there are no authorities above states — hence Hedley Bull's The Anarchical Society. This is a vital addition to this page: I'll make it at some point unless someone beats me to it! --Sam Francis
Alba, I reverted back to the previous version immediately. I just needed a copy of the good Anarchism article for illustration purposes on the Anarchism Talk page. The old version of Anarchism (anti-state) got erased, rather than just changed to a redirect. Luckily, I had a spare copy. To clarify: The good Anarchism article is only in History. It was only the main article for less than a minute, the time it took me to quickly revert. Hogeye 03:10, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)
- Okay, I see. --albamuth 16:01, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)
- After learning a little more, I realize it would have been better to create a subpage in my user area. Sorry. I'll do it that way next time. Hogeye 16:22, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)
anarchy is the practice of anarchism.
What are we going to do with this page?
Wikipedia is not a dictionary (WP:NOT). This means we shouldn't have the dicdef and entymolgoy in this article. But the problem exists to create a distinction from Anarchism (as Subversive points out at the top of this talk). Could we push for this article to be something of a listing/discussion of where anarchy has occured through out history. I'm guessing that's what the stuff about Ancient Greece in the article is about. Any thoughts? --Commander Keane 11:19, 19 November 2005 (UTC)