Chatterton, Paul

Chatterton, Paul

Paul Chatterton

1 March 2009Feature

The most firmly held myth of our time is that no society can exist without a government and that we need the state to protect us – including from environmental destruction.

Let’s begin by not confusing two terms. Anarchy is the condition of a society without a ruler. Anarchism is a rich nineteenth-century political philosophy. Anarchists are not against democracy, they want to deepen it and make it our servant, not our master.

While it does reject the idea of governments…