„This is why I decide for anarchy.“

Quelle: The Ethics of Freedom (1973 - 1974), p. 396
Kontext: Every modern state is totalitarian. It recognizes no limit either factual or legal. This is why I maintain that no state in the modern world is legitimate. No present-day authority can claim to be instructed by God, for all authority is set in the framework of a totalitarian state. This is why I decide for anarchy.

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Jacques Ellul
französischer Soziologe und Theologe 1912 - 1994

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Peter Kropotkin Foto

„It is not without a certain hesitation that I have decided to take the philosophy and ideal of Anarchy as the subject of this lecture.“

—  Peter Kropotkin Russian zoologist, evolutionary theorist, philosopher, scientist, revolutionary, economist, activist, geographer, writer 1842 - 1921

Anarchism: Its Philosophy and Ideal (1896)
Kontext: It is not without a certain hesitation that I have decided to take the philosophy and ideal of Anarchy as the subject of this lecture.
Those who are persuaded that Anarchy is a collection of visions relating to the future, and an unconscious striving toward the destruction of all present civilization, are still very numerous; and to clear the ground of such prejudices of our education as maintain this view we should have, perhaps, to enter into many details which it would be difficult to embody in a single lecture. Did not the Parisian press, only two or three years ago, maintain that the whole philosophy of Anarchy consisted in destruction, and that its only argument was violence?
Nevertheless Anarchists have been spoken of so much lately, that part of the public has at last taken to reading and discussing our doctrines. Sometimes men have even given themselves trouble to reflect, and at the present moment we have at least gained a point: it is willingly admitted that Anarchists have an ideal. Their ideal is even found too beautiful, too lofty for a society not composed of superior beings.

Thurgood Marshall Foto

„Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor color nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy.“

—  Thurgood Marshall Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court 1908 - 1993

Speech at the national convention of Alpha Phi Alpha, St. Louis, Missouri, August 15, 1966, as reported by the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 17, 1966, p. 1.

Jacques Ellul Foto

„By anarchy I mean first an absolute rejection of violence.“

—  Jacques Ellul French sociologist, technology critic, and Christian anarchist 1912 - 1994

Anarchy and Christianity [Anarchie et Christianisme] (1988) as translated by Geoffrey W. Bromiley (1991), p. 11
Kontext: There are different forms of anarchy and different currents in it. I must, first say very simply what anarchy I have in view. By anarchy I mean first an absolute rejection of violence. Hence I cannot accept either nihilists or anar­chists who choose violence as a means of action.

Lawrence Lessig Foto

„A free culture is not a culture without property; it is not a culture in which artists don't get paid. A culture without property, or in which creators can't get paid, is anarchy, not freedom. Anarchy is not what I advance here. Instead, the free culture that I defend in this book is a balance between anarchy and control.“

—  Lawrence Lessig, buch Free Culture

Free Culture (2004)
Kontext: A free culture has been our past, but it will only be our future if we change the path we are on right now. Like Stallman's arguments for free software, an argument for free culture stumbles on a confusion that is hard to avoid, and even harder to understand. A free culture is not a culture without property; it is not a culture in which artists don't get paid. A culture without property, or in which creators can't get paid, is anarchy, not freedom. Anarchy is not what I advance here. Instead, the free culture that I defend in this book is a balance between anarchy and control. A free culture, like a free market, is filled with property. It is filled with rules of property and contract that get enforced by the state. But just as a free market is perverted if its property becomes feudal, so too can a free culture be queered by extremism in the property rights that define it. That is what I fear about our culture today. It is against that extremism that this book is written.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Foto

„I am waiting for the war to be fought
which will make the world safe for anarchy“

—  Lawrence Ferlinghetti, buch A Coney Island of the Mind

Quelle: A Coney Island of the Mind

Kenneth N. Waltz Foto

„In anarchy there is no automatic harmony.“

—  Kenneth N. Waltz, buch Man, the State, and War

Quelle: Man, the State, and War (1959), Chapter VI, The Third Image, p. 160

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„The Anarchists are right in everything; in the negation of the existing order, and in the assertion that, without authority, there could not be worse violence than that of authority under existing conditions. They are mistaken only in thinking that Anarchy can be instituted by a revolution. "To establish Anarchy." "Anarchy will be instituted."“

—  Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910

But it will be instituted only by there being more and more people who do not require protection from governmental power, and by there being more and more people who will be ashamed of applying this power.
"On Anarchy", in Pamphlets : Translated from the Russian (1900) as translated by Aylmer Maude, p. 22

Ernst Jünger Foto

„Liberalism is to freedom as anarchism is to anarchy.“

—  Ernst Jünger, buch Eumeswil

Eumeswil (1977)

Dan Brown Foto

„The media is the right arm of anarchy.“

—  Dan Brown, buch Angels & Demons

Quelle: Angels & Demons

Benjamin Ricketson Tucker Foto

„The idea that Anarchy can be inaugurated by force is as fallacious as the idea that it can be sustained by force. Force cannot preserve Anarchy; neither can it bring it.“

—  Benjamin Ricketson Tucker American journalist and anarchist 1854 - 1939

Individual Liberty (1926), Passive Resistance
Kontext: The idea that Anarchy can be inaugurated by force is as fallacious as the idea that it can be sustained by force. Force cannot preserve Anarchy; neither can it bring it. In fact, one of the inevitable influences of the use of force is to postpone Anarchy. The only thing that force can ever do for us is to save us from extinction, to give us a longer lease of life in which to try to secure Anarchy by the only methods that can ever bring it. But this advantage is always purchased at immense cost, and its attainment is always attended by frightful risk. The attempt should be made only when the risk of any other course is greater.

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„I believe that all other political states are in fact variations or outgrowths of a basic state of anarchy“

—  Alan Moore English writer primarily known for his work in comic books 1953

Alan Moore on Anarchism (2009)
Kontext: I suppose I first got involved in radical politics as a matter of course, during the late 1960s when it was a part of the culture. The counterculture, as we called it then, was very eclectic and all-embracing. It included fashions of dress, styles of music, philosophical positions, and, inevitably, political positions. And although there would be various political leanings coming to the fore from time to time, I suppose that the overall consensus political standpoint was probably an anarchist one. Although probably back in those days, when I was a very young teenager, I didn’t necessarily put it into those terms. I was probably not familiar enough with the concepts of anarchy to actually label myself as such. It was later, as I went into my twenties and started to think about things more seriously that I came to a conclusion that basically the only political standpoint that I could possibly adhere to would be an anarchist one.
It furthermore occurred to me that, basically, anarchy is in fact the only political position that is actually possible. I believe that all other political states are in fact variations or outgrowths of a basic state of anarchy; after all, when you mention the idea of anarchy to most people they will tell you what a bad idea it is because the biggest gang would just take over. Which is pretty much how I see contemporary society. We live in a badly developed anarchist situation in which the biggest gang has taken over and have declared that it is not an anarchist situation – that it is a capitalist or a communist situation. But I tend to think that anarchy is the most natural form of politics for a human being to actually practice. All it means, the word, is no leaders. An-archon. No leaders.
And I think that if we actually look at nature without prejudice, we find that this is the state of affairs that usually pertains.

„The real struggle is between order and anarchy.“

—  Edmund Cooper, buch All Fools' Day

All Fools' Day (1966)

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„Anarchy is the stepping stone to absolute power.“

—  Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821

Quelle: Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon's War Maxims: With His Social and Political Thoughts (1804-15), Gale & Polden, (1899) p. 148

Mick Jagger Foto

„Anarchy is the only slight glimmer of hope.“

—  Mick Jagger British rock musician, member of The Rolling Stones 1943

Jacques Ellul Foto

„There are different forms of anarchy and different currents in it.“

—  Jacques Ellul French sociologist, technology critic, and Christian anarchist 1912 - 1994

Anarchy and Christianity [Anarchie et Christianisme] (1988) as translated by Geoffrey W. Bromiley (1991), p. 11
Kontext: There are different forms of anarchy and different currents in it. I must, first say very simply what anarchy I have in view. By anarchy I mean first an absolute rejection of violence. Hence I cannot accept either nihilists or anar­chists who choose violence as a means of action.

Anselme Bellegarrigue Foto

„Yes, anarchy is order, government is civil war.“

—  Anselme Bellegarrigue, buch Anarchist Manifesto

Oui, l'anarchie c'est l'ordre; car, le gouvernement c'est la guerre civile.
Bellegarrigue is often credited with first using the slogan "Anarchy is order, government is civil war" in 1848; it may have been derived from Pierre-Joseph Proudhon's expression, in What is Property? An Inquiry into the Principle of Right and of Government (1840): "As man seeks justice in equality, so society seeks order in anarchy."
Anarchist Manifesto (1850)

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„10) Anarchy is the least stable of social structures.“

—  Larry Niven American writer 1938

Niven's Laws

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„My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy“

—  John Ronald Reuel Tolkien British philologist and author, creator of classic fantasy works 1892 - 1973

Letter to his son Christopher Tolkien (29 November, 1943) <!-- No. 64? -->
The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (1981)
Kontext: My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) … the most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.

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