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Old Today, 11:01 AM   #2161
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Originally Posted by MostlyDead View Post
Ok, I'll bite. You are equating the words 'any authority' and 'all authority'. Do you agree that 'any' and 'all' are not necessarily synonymous? Or would that mess up your equivocation?
Try substituting "an" for "any", and see how the definition changes. The changed definition would apply to the American revolutionaries. So why didn't Merriam-Webster write "an" instead of "any"? Because "any" means something different. The definition with "an" instead of "any" would be wrong.

If this confuses you, consult other definitions. There are plenty of online dictionaries. Hell, MW itself provides other definitions. For example, their definition for English language learners is pretty good:

"a person who believes that government and laws are not necessary" gives this as the first definition:

"a person who advocates or believes in anarchy or anarchism."

Not so useful, it just kicks the can down the road. How about the second definition:

"a person who seeks to overturn by violence all constituted forms and institutions of society and government, with no purpose of establishing any other system of order in the place of that destroyed."

So, were the American revolutionaries anarchists? No. Obviously.
"As long as it is admitted that the law may be diverted from its true purpose -- that it may violate property instead of protecting it -- then everyone will want to participate in making the law, either to protect himself against plunder or to use it for plunder. Political questions will always be prejudicial, dominant, and all-absorbing. There will be fighting at the door of the Legislative Palace, and the struggle within will be no less furious." - Bastiat, The Law
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Old Today, 11:11 AM   #2162
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Originally Posted by MostlyDead View Post
Not that I know of, but they were definitely brought in at later rallys, which would seem to indicate that the stakes are raising. Is having concern that the situation is escalating so imprudent?

Were they brought in or did they show up on their own? If someone invited them for protection I'd like to see evidence of that.
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