Anarchy’s True Form

Many people believe that anarchy is a bad thing; that it is the very definition of lawlessness, a total breakdown of normal societal rules. This belief has been perpetuated by governments, the media, and many others over a period of many years. This, however, is not the always the case. Anarchy can be a state of lawlessness and disorder, but it can also mean, quite simply, a society without a government. Such a society would be self-governing through moral principles and  would have no organized government or official leader. Perhaps the best example of such a society was the Britain envisioned by V in the graphic novel “V for Vendetta,” by Alan Moore. In this novel, V and his helper Evie end up eliminating the regime that had been ruling Britain. In its place, the people of Britain have no leader or government structure and subsequently, no laws to follow. However, contrary to what the media has shown in movies such as “The Purge: Anarchy,” most people do not go out and attempt to kill others. In fact, a large part of the population is ready to work together to build a better society, and not one where they are under constant surveillance. Overall, the concept of anarchy has been warped from its original intent. Government is important, and serves many functions, but we have begun to fear our government, rather than the government serving those it should be protecting. Perhaps if more people understand the true concept of anarchy, they will be able to fight to show others how to live without fear of the government.

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