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"We must therefore conclude that we are not anarchists, and that those who call us anarchists are not on firm etymological ground, and are being completely unhistorical" - Murray Rothbard, ideological founder of "Anarcho"-Capitalism.

If that's not enough, here is the etymological evidence that "anarcho"-capitalism is an oxymoron:

Etymology for the word Anarchy:

The word anarchy comes from the ancient Greek ἀναρχία (anarchia), which combines ἀ (a), "not, without" and ἀρχή (arkhi), "ruler, leader, authority." Thus, the term refers to a person or society "without rulers" or "without leaders".[2]

And here's the etymology for the term "hierarchy":

late 14c., jerarchie, ierarchie, "rank in the sacred order; one of the three divisions of the nine orders of angels;" loosely, "rule, dominion," from Old French ierarchie (14c., Modern French hiérarchie), from Medieval Latin hierarchia "ranked division of angels" (in the system of Dionysius the Areopagite), from Greek hierarkhia "rule of a high priest," from hierarkhes "high priest, leader of sacred rites," from ta hiera "the sacred rites" (neuter plural of hieros "sacred;" see ire) + arkhein "to lead, rule" (see archon). Sense of "ranked organization of persons or things" first recorded 1610s, initially of clergy, sense probably influenced by higher.

archy/arkhi means ruler/leader/authority. Hierarchy is a kind of archy. An means without. Anarchy means without archy. Since hierarchy is a kind of archy, it is not compatible with anarchy. This shouldn't be complicated, unless you have an ideological reason for refusing to see it.

Here's the 2a definition of Anarchy from Merriam-Webster dictionary:

absence or denial of any authority or established order

Here’s definition 3 of hierarchy from Merriam Webster:

a body of persons in authority

So, clearly Anarchy necessarily involves the absence of hierarchy. And given that capitalism is a system that involves hierarchy, the term "anarcho"-capitalism is inherently self-contradicting and nonsensical.



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