HIERARCHY n. (from the Greek hieros, sacred, and arché, command) Order and subordination of the various ecclesiastical, civil or military powers.
Hierarchy is the basis of every authoritarian principle. To create, from the leader to the underling, passing through a whole scale of different managing agents, a multitude of grades that confer, as soon as one rises a degree, an always greater share of power; to divide the power of the State ad infinitum, giving it a greater power of resistance through its multiplicity and variety; to organize within the State a whole gradation of remunerations, benefits and privileges: such are, in fact, the governmental theories.
The thirst to appear, to command, to dominate is a passion that, alas, still moves encore quite a few individuals. As soon as an authoritarian regime is established on the ruins of the former regime, sits first concern is to lavish honors, incomes and positions of command on its partisans.
Someone who is today only a simple citizen dreams of being a municipal council member; another dreams of being a general; someone else, who is only a worker, is eaten up by the ambition to become foreman or supervisor.
All the authoritarian parties cultivate this spirit of hierarchy — even the so-called workers’ parties. For it is by giving rise to ambitions in the hearts of men that the rulers or would-be rulers manage to dupe them and make them their playthings.
The anarchists are against all hierarchy, be it moral or material. They oppose to it the respect for liberty and the absolute autonomy of the individual.
And if they conceive of a future Social Milieu, it is a milieu in which every human being will have rights equal to those of their contemporaries.
It is necessary to wipe the sentiment of hierarchy from the brains of men and to replace it with the love of anarchy.