Anarchy Law and Legal Definition

Anarchy is commonly associated with chaos and destruction, but in philosophical terms, its adherents advance it as a process of individual and social freedom. Anarchism refers to a variety of ideologies sharing the fundamental belief that the state and all similar forms of governmental authority are unjustified and oppressive and illegitimate and therefore ought to be abolished, with future social and economic cooperation to be carried out only by means of voluntary relationships and consensual agreements under conditions of perfect legal equality.

Anarchy proposes to do away with all existing forms of government and to organize a society which will exercise all its functions without any controlling or directive authority. It assumes as its basis that every man has a natural right to develop all his powers, satisfy all his passions, and react based upon his instincts. It insists that the individual is the best judge of his own best interests and that by persons acting on their own best interests it will improve general conditions and that people recognize the advantage of justice in economic relations.