Comment: Stoics/Cynics/Anachists/Liberty lovers

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Stoics/Cynics/Anachists/Liberty lovers

If you have any reason to connect to me, other than to attack me personally, for some expected gain by you, at my expense, then that other reason could be known by some process such as accurate communication, or discussion.

If a discussion were to occur, the process of agreement as to what the definitions of words are, according to each speaker, would be a requirement, otherwise the medium of exchange here can be abused by a dictator dictating libel, and a defender exposing the lies for what they are in fact.

“Don't go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one.”

The roots of the ideas of anarchism go back to the Cynics and the Stoics, as far as my viewpoint goes on this subject matter.

The use of the word Anarchism, as far as modern times are concerned, go back to at least Proudhon.


Another of Proudhon's startling paradoxes, seemingly so at least, and I think we shall see really so, is the use of the term anarchy, to denote not chaos and confusion, but the basis of order in the freedom of the individual from the control of others.

Etymologically, this use of the term has a show of reason as it merely means absence of government, and a writer has the right, if he choose so to revert to etymological origins; and frequently there is a great advantage in so doing. There is a loss it is true in the temporary obfuscation of the mind of the reader, but, it may be, a more than compensating advantage in arousing deeper thought, or in furnishing a securer technicality. But in this ease the disadvantage is certainly incurred; and neither advantage is secured. There are two very different things covered by the term government: personal government by arbitrium, and the government of inherent laws and principles. Proudhon is denying the rightfulness of the former, and affirming the latter.

Now the Greek arche meant both of these things; but if either more peculiarly than the other, it meant the government of laws and principles, whence the negation of such rule by the prefix an has meant, and rightly means, chaos. Proudhon undertakes to make the Greek word mean exclusively the other idea, whereby he spoils one excellent technicality without getting for his other purpose a secure and good one in place of it.

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