Anarchists hoping to spread the word and aspiring to a modicum of acceptance and respectability, including myself, are perhaps too eager to clarify that “anarchy” doesn’t mean chaos, to emphasize that the change we seek is incremental, and to point out that the famous circled-A symbol for anarchy signifies “Anarchy is Order.”
I mean, so what if the homicide rate in the Old West was seven times what it is today? That doesn’t answer the question of whether life in the Wild West wasn’t better and grander than it is today, or whether life today wouldn’t be better and grander if the State suddenly collapsed . . . even if the homicide rate reverted to Wild West levels.