The origins of the word maelstrom can be found somewhere in the 1680’s. A famous tidal whirlpool near the coast of Norway (Malestrand) was known to suck in and destroy everything that approached it at all times, taken from the Danish malstrøm (1673), from the older Dutch Maelstrom (modern maalstroom), directly meaning “grinding-stream” from mele, “to crush,” and sreu, “to flow.”
The maelstrom has always been seen as a chaotic, destructive entity, but rather than back away from this label, it fully embraces it.
Here the vast bed of waters, seamed and scarred into a thousand conflicting channels, burst suddenly into phrensied convulsion-heaving, boiling, hissing-gyrating in gigantic and innumerable vortices, and all whirling and plunging on to the eastward with a rapidity which water never elsewhere assumes except in precipitous descents.Edgar Allan Poe, A Descent into the Maelström
We state that the anarchist task is essentially negative. After all, it takes a thorough destruction of the existing confines and structures of ideology, civilization, and the state, to build genuine anarchy, affinity, and joy. We want to create a free association of individuals, which is inherently opposed to society’s “order.” Therefore, the anarchist project is to create disorder.
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