By Mohammed A. Bamyeh

This unique and impressively researched booklet explores the idea that of anarchy__unimposed order__as the main humane and reliable type of order in a chaotic global. Mohammed A. Bamyeh lines the historic foundations of anarchy and convincingly provides it in its place to either tyranny and democracy. He indicates how anarchy is the simplest manifestation of civic order, of a fit civil society, and of humanity's noblest attributes. the writer contends that humanity prospers on self-regulation instead of imposed order, that giant platforms are inherently extra vulnerable to tyranny than small structures, that strength is the enemy of freedom, and that freedom and group are complementary instead of opposing values. He concludes extra rational global is produced now not by way of delegated representatives yet by way of direct participation in universal affairs. Bamyeh bargains a concise philosophy of anarchy within the context of warfare, civil society, international order, reviews of freedom, team spirit, the evolution of contemporary states, and tax structures. He distinguishes anarchy from extra commonplace methods of pondering the connection among kingdom and society that spotlight the significance of strength and keep watch over for social order. additional, he argues that the need for professional information or social collaboration in a few components of universal public existence doesn't require such components to be run via a grand, overarching, or consultant kingdom. A cogent and compelling critique of the fashionable nation, this provocative e-book clarifies how anarchy will be either a advisor for rational social order and a technology of humanity.

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Especially in a large, complex, segmented society, there is no ground for organic unity. In general, a coherent anarchist perspective could only conceive of society as based on fluid solidarity, not unity. Fluid solidarity emerges out of the free realization of an old fact, namely that community 40 Chapter 2 is itself the product of some value or another. 10 In other words, the idea of solid solidarity signifies that society cannot fail because it is programmed in the subconscious of the individuals making it.

A few words about each of these follow, but their broader ramifications will become more apparent throughout this book. ANARCHY AND HUMANITY In his final work, Ecce Homo, Friedrich Nietzsche stated emphatically that the last intention of his philosophy was to “improve” humanity. That stance expressed not so much disdain for humanity as consistency with a belief that behind the rhetoric of care there hid an insidious (because unacknowledged) will to power. Especially in the ordinary conduct of large politics, a genuine concern for abstract others cannot be credible.

Wrong, because first, kindness is a universal human value, not the exclusive property of your nation. Second, you cannot compel your nation to stand for anything, because you are not the nation. But attaching human values to abstract solidarities expresses the fact that we are interested primarily in the values. They are what justifies the solidarity we seek to defend. ) The orientation of anarchist thought toward what I am calling here fluid solidarity has no more complicated starting ground than the ordinary multiplicity of social perspective, which inheres in the multiplicity of funda- What Is Anarchy?

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