Ed Driscoll

You Keep Using that Word...

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“Anarchy: Would someone please get the media a dictionary:”

You may have noticed over the weekend that most newspaper and TV reports blamed the violent London riots on anarchists. A new kind of anarchists, apparently, who believe in big government.

Just to make sure we correctly understood anarchy, we went to the dictionary to double check our understanding of the word:

Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy.
Source: Wikipedia.org

Look how easy that was. It took us about two seconds to do what the media couldn’t bother doing.

Obviously, members of the left wing media would rather choke on their own vomit than admit the riots were caused by socialists and communists and union thugs and other assorted left wing lunatics demanding not just a continuation of the government gravy train, but more government, bigger government, all-encompassing government.

So they were magically transformed into anarchists who rioted in order to bring about a system that’s in direct contradiction of their own philosophy.

Not necessarily — ever since Stalin started labeling leftwing heretics as fascists in the 1920s, we spent nearly a century looking for fascism in all the wrong places. We shouldn’t be surprised that the common definition of anarchy suffered a similar fate.