On Hierarchy II

Are echelons of authority (misnomer: hierarchy) un-anarchistic? While I think it’s reasonable to predict that there will be fewer associations organized in an echelonical manner in a free society than under a culture of statism, the prevalence of echelony is evidence that it’s an efficient and sometimes necessary form of organization. Can a movie or play be made without actors obeying directors, and directors obeying producers? Can a sports game by played without players obeying referees and coaches? Can people’s medical needs be met without medical assistants obeying nurses, and nurses obeying doctors, and doctors obeying medical principles? I have serious doubts that any of these endeavors – and more – can be successful without echelonical organization. If anarchism requires the dissolution of these forms of organization, then anarchy will be, at least, boring and painful. No thank you. And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.