|Anarchist political theory and the ideas and practices begotten by it have continued to represwent themselves as the "secret history of the twentieth century." Indeed, the influence of anarchist ideas on the development of theory and practice in various disciplines is as indeterminable as it is often clandestinel More recently, the revolutionary
political nature of anarchist thought has seen its application to issues more concerned with finding alternatives to centralized structures of authority that would allow humanity to flourish and social justice to become more of a reality than a romantic idealization. What has largely been ignored is the role of chaos in anarchist thought. While the terms "anarchy" and "chaos" generally go hand-in-hand, theoretical developments concerning the nature and role of chaos have fallen short of what is necessary for further advancement and acceptance of anarchist thought. The emerging insights of chaos theory offer valuable acumen. Examining the nature of disorder through the lens of chaos theory offers critical direction for the advancement of anarchist theory and practice, particularly where they converge on issues of relevance to law, crime, psychology and the systems that represent them.
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