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In contrary to what mass media often portray anarchism to be, 'anarchism' does not mean 'chaos'. The word "anarchy" is from Greek, prefix 'an', meaning "the absence of", plus 'archos', meaning "a ruler" or "authority." Anarchy does not mean "absence of order", as is generally supposed, but an "absence of authority."

For this reason, rather than being purely anti-government or anti-state, anarchism is primarily a movement against hierarchy. Why? Because hierarchy is the organisational structure that embodies authority. Since the state is the "highest" form of hierarchy, anarchists are, by definition, anti-state; but this is not a sufficient definition of anarchism. This means that real anarchists are opposed to all forms of hierarchical organisation, not only the state. In the words of Brian Morris: "The term anarchy comes from the Greek, and essentially means 'no ruler.' Anarchists are people who reject all forms of government or coercive authority, all forms of hierarchy and domination.

We stress that this opposition to hierarchy is, for anarchists, not limited to just the state or government. It includes all authoritarian economic and social relationships as well as political ones. It has always challenged all forms of authority and exploitation, and has been equally critical of capitalism and religion as it has been of the state.​

And, just to state the obvious, anarchy does not mean chaos nor do anarchists seek to create chaos or disorder. Instead, we wish to create a society based upon individual freedom and voluntary co-operation. In other words, order from the bottom up, not disorder imposed from the top down by authorities.