Solidarity: the line between anarchy and chaos.
The heart of anarchism is the concept of solidarity, the conviction that “an injury to one is an injury to all”. Belief in the absolute sovereignty of the individual implies that all individuals are equally important, that none may be free until everyone is free. Without this basic tenet, anarchy would be a selfish free for all, and nobody wants that, least of all, the anarchist.
In such a free for all people would just be free to exploit one another, to appropriate pieces of the earth, to buy and sell each other’s livelihoods, thereby accumulating economic and political power which they could consolidate with violence and the denial of liberty. Lawless warring factions would compete for territory and the servitude of its inhabitants; they would doubtless use ideology and religion to cloak their misdeeds in an air of legitimacy and inevitability, and to persuade their servants and foes alike that this is the natural order of things.
This is the world as we know it, not anarchy but chaos; therein lies the truth of the statement: “Anarchy is order”.