Anarchy vs. Dictatorship? Which would you prefer?

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  1. ptosis profile image68
    ptosisposted 12 years ago

    Anarchy vs. Dictatorship? Which would you prefer?

  2. Mr. Happy profile image70
    Mr. Happyposted 12 years ago

    Dictatorship if I can dictate and anarchy if I have to be dictated to.

  3. krisingreen profile image60
    krisingreenposted 12 years ago

    Anarchy is a false type of ideology. First of all, even anarchists have leaders. Isn't it that anarchy means no leaders and no rules? anyway, i think I'd rather have dictatorship if I'm the one to do it. smile

    1. ptosis profile image68
      ptosisposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I've thought of same thing. Tried to read book by female activist who was arrested  during WW2 but couldn't get into the book she wrote.

  4. ptosis profile image68
    ptosisposted 12 years ago


    Anarchism is the decision that all relationships can and should be characterized by consent rather than coercion. … chism.html

  5. someonewhoknows profile image74
    someonewhoknowsposted 12 years ago

    The question suggests that their is no other choice which indicates it's aimed at people who live in anarchy or a dictatorship.Or,those who don't realize they do.Another possibility is the person posing the question would like one or the other.Consent or coersion? What about mutual respect?

  6. Sue B. profile image92
    Sue B.posted 12 years ago

    Thanks for asking the question.  You made me think and learn about something I was not aware I did not know.
    Wikipedia defined anarchy as much more than just the social disorder I thought it was:
    Anarchy (from Greek: ??????? anarchí?, "without ruler") may refer to any of several political states, and has been variously defined by sources. Most often, the term "anarchy" describes the simple absence of publicly recognized government or enforced political authority.[1][2] When used in this sense, anarchy may[3] or may not[4] imply political disorder or lawlessness within a society. In another sense, anarchy may not refer to a complete lack of authority or political organization, but instead refer to a social state characterized by absolute direct democracy[5] or libertarianism.[4]

    Absolute direct democracy sounds like quite a concept. I cannot imagine it actually working beyond a small group.

    To answer the question-- I do not want to say anarchy but that is my answer.  No matter who the dictator is I'm deciding, having someone else have control over my life in that fashion would never make me happy even if well-meaning.

  7. onegoodwoman profile image68
    onegoodwomanposted 12 years ago

    I do believe that between the two, I would choose   anarchy.  I simply have an aversion to be dictated to.............

  8. nancyme profile image60
    nancymeposted 12 years ago

    Anarchy sounds too ideal for me. Dictatorship is ugly. But i say modern day democracy as we see these days has turned out more or less like a dictatorship in disguise. The only thing is that we get to choose who gets to dictate us. Tough choice, Anarchy sounds worth trying for a change. Anarchy, it is.

  9. profile image0
    Old Empresarioposted 12 years ago

    A pure democracy is a form of anarchy, so I am for that. Select leaders randomly through a lottery every year. It would be a good catalyst to improve public education, that's for sure.

  10. Sinbadsailorman profile image61
    Sinbadsailormanposted 12 years ago

    That would have to depend on the Dictator!

    God is a Dictator and Satan in the case of our story is an Anarchist hence the word anti-Christ looks very similar to this word.

    Now IF Hitler was in charge an I was Not a Jew, But a Blue eyed Blond headed Physical fit Male or woman maybe!

      But this it is a loaded Question that needs more elaborations to answer with any true results to Its worth of answering.

    Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man

    And that is only my opinion and we all have them and yes they all stink!

  11. Ben Graves profile image80
    Ben Gravesposted 12 years ago

    I'd pick anarchy over dictatorship any day, but I think as others have stated I'd want a direct democracy brand rather than the absolute chaos most think of. Unless the dictator is just and kind to his or her people (which never happens), anarchy in any form should be better.

  12. thoughtgrazer profile image59
    thoughtgrazerposted 12 years ago

    Anarchy sounds good on the surface until one considers the selfish, stupid, greedy nature of humans. Communism shares a similar conundrum. That saying about too many chiefs and not enough Indians would apply to my rationale in answering this question. I would rather deal with only one egoist at a time, so I believe a dictatorship would be more advantageous to my sanity and safety.

  13. johnjones profile image60
    johnjonesposted 12 years ago

    I prefer non as both are not tolerable. Besides, why do I have to choose if these are not the only possible alternatives?

  14. freesale profile image37
    freesaleposted 12 years ago

    Anarchy, because at least with anarchy you'd have the option of working with others for mutual benefit.  No such guarantee with a dictatorship.

  15. sassyabby1 profile image64
    sassyabby1posted 12 years ago

    Yea, I would choose Anarchy. But without the unfair tax system. It would also be nice to see more transparent voting system.

    Dictatorships are warped. History and current events have proven this fact beyond a shadow of a doubt.

  16. zatalat profile image41
    zatalatposted 12 years ago

    I would not prefer both, anarchy and dictatorship both are the worst things that a society could tolerate. However if compare between two, the dictatorship is the worst.

  17. Rob Jundt profile image84
    Rob Jundtposted 12 years ago

    Neither; as both do not, in any way, contribute to the advancement of any society. Dictatorships, the longer they persist, eventually lead to some form of anarchy. While anarchy, if allowed to exist untempered, will create a dictatorship. So, as I mentioned, neither form will persist without issue for the long-term. After all, there is a reason why revolutions occur: the people are searching for either order or control. The best form of government, IMO, is the original American blueprint of a representative democracy. Like all things, however, deviations from the original ultimately lead to corruption. This is a great question with even more difficult answers. Subjectivity seems to be the norm in today's post-modern age.

  18. anupma profile image69
    anupmaposted 12 years ago

    Of course Anarchy. I am an Indian, I am living in a democratic country and  think it is the best option.

  19. Faceless39 profile image91
    Faceless39posted 11 years ago

    Anarchy gets a bad rap.  The way I look at it, it's just a lack of authoritative or dictatorial government.  Maybe I'm wrong on that, but humans tend to naturally organize themselves and figure things out (without government.) 

    We're about to find this question out in the US and world as the NWO comes about here.  I'm hoping more people will choose anarchy, but the thing is.. well.. people keep voting within this corrupted system and thinking they can change it by being part of it.  I say buck the system and f-ck the oligarchy.  smile

  20. lbsf1 profile image82
    lbsf1posted 11 years ago

    Anarchy would only be anarchy for a short period of time before some order and heirachy came in.

    Democracy is technically good however is practically floored.

  21. LoryRich profile image79
    LoryRichposted 11 years ago

    I prefer a benevolent dictatorship (if ever it exists) to a mob rule.

    1. ptosis profile image68
      ptosisposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Other than Queen Elizabeth, I don't know any other examples

  22. goego profile image80
    goegoposted 11 years ago

    wait till you get a dict up your anarchy yea who's laughing now... um wait is that right


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