Are they compatible?
Q. Hi again Sally!
A. Oh hi there Sally! Is it time for another interview?
Q. Apparently so. Wait! I’m supposed to be the Questions!
A. Oh sorry, ask away then.
Q. Why do you ask if chaos and anarchy are compatible, aren’t they the same thing?
A. Well the might be, but the answer to that question is probably more complex than the basic assumption of both equalling disorder. In fact neither do. Or rather both are sometimes used that way, but that’s not the chaos and not the anarchy to which I refer. The anarchy I mean is the one Anton mentioned recently, quoting Proudhon, ‘Anarchy is Order’. Is that compatible with chaos? Now it seems less obvious.
Q. I see, but why the concern over compatibility?
A. I love the Chaos current. I’ve been influenced by Discordianism and Chaos magic on my journey and like them a lot. And yet I also like anarchism. I see both as representing the drive to individual freedom and autonomy. So it seems logical that both should gel, and yet their use of language seems to conflict.
Q. I see. So can they be reconciled?
A. I think so. I see in ‘Chaos science’ an expression of the natural order. I think this relates to ideas important to anarchy such as emergence. If chaos is a type of order, then might it not be the kind of ‘bottom-up’ order that anarchists are trying to create? An emergent order?
Q. Hey you’re asking questions again! Stop that!
A. Oops sorry. Anyway thats the gist of my thought. It would be interesting to see what others thought about this.
Q. I agree. I too would like to hear what others think on this.
A. Thats because we’re both me.
Q. Oh yes, I forgot. Anyway, thanks for your time Sally. Goodbye.