Originally Posted by georgec
Well, anarchy implies a lack of enforced law, but the presence of Bane would nevertheless impose a form of military rule on Gotham.
I should have said "anarchy under military occupation".
Once you establish any form of 'rule', be it good or bad, whether or not it has written laws or is based on the whims of the ruler, it's no longer anarchy.
Bane wasn't described or necessarily portrayed as an anarchist. He cons the people into helping him fight the police by telling them to take their city back, but really he just wants to destroy it all and make Bruce suffer.
And even if he were sincere about the people taking Gotham back, he'd still just be imposing a mob rule, which is, again, not anarchy.