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Anarchism does not mean bloodshed it does not mean robbery arson etc These monstrosities are on the contrary the characteristic features of capitalism Anarchism means peace and tranquility to all Although the word anarchism is understood by many in its classic sense that defined by dictionaries and by anarchists of history the word is often misused and misunderstood Anarchism because of the threat it imposes upon established authority has been historically and is still misused by power holders as violence and chaos As anarchist historian George Woodcock put it Of the more frivolous is the idea that the anarchist is a man who throws bombs and wishes to wreak society by violence and terror That this charge should be brought against anarchists now at a time when they are the few people who are not throwing bombs or assisting bomb throwers shows a curious purblindness among its champions The claim that anarchism is chaos was refuted long ago by Alexander Berkman when he wrote I must tell you first of all what anarchism is not It is not bombs disorder or chaos It is not robbery or murder It is not a war of each against all It is not a return to barbarianism or to the wild state of man Anarchism is the very opposite of all that Anarchism has been defined many ways by many different sources The word anarchism is taken from the word anarchy which is drawn from dual sources in the Greek language It is made up of the Greek words av meaning absence of and pronounced an and apxn meaning authority or government and pronounced arkhe Today dictionary definitions still define anarchism as the absence of government These modern dictionary definitions of anarchism are based on the writings and actions of anarchists of history and present Anarchists understand as do historians of anarchism and good dictionaries and encyclopedias that the word anarchism represents a positive theory
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