Anarchism is a fantasy. And that is all it will ever remain. Humans naturally need someone to lead them, as do the majority of animals. Close to all species develop, perhaps unintentionally, some form of hierarchy. Yeah, you may want everyone to be equal, but democracy is as ethically equal as it comes. I'd also assume that the majority of people would prefer some form of security; and no matter how many times an anarchist tries to explain how there will be no need for security - I will not believe it. I just cannot see myself living contently in an anarchist society. I've heard people claim that an anarchist society would be paradisiac and utopian, but how can a society with no restrictions be so? You may complain about laws, the police and the government, but they are here to protect you and most of the time have your best interests in mind. It's a nice thought, but anarchism will not work until we as humans can learn to live in harmony with one another.
I spoke with an anarchist once at my campus and of course he gave me the speech of the problems of the world such as American military imperialism, regressing effects of religion, sexism developed from the Cult of Domesticity, racism, greed of a post Jacksonian view of society, lack of gun regulation leading to mindless shooting sprees, lack of good mental health care, overpopulated prisons, ect.
However, his solution to all of that is in a way was to simply destroy all of the current establishments. I had wished that I asked him this question at the time when he said it "ok, after the reboot has occurred, after the armed revolution has won, after all the corrupt politicians are gone, and everyone is reduced to rubble then what? What is your plan after the problem has been fixed? Where is the better society that was promised?" To me this is equivalent of committing suicide just because you have a broken arm. Yes society sucks but at the same time its the only one we know of at the moment.
Anarchy is bad because without government we would have pretty much nothing, no services to our country, state or our community. Anyone could do anything and get away with it because we wouldn't have laws!!
More specifically, a state of Anarchy is defined as one without any government. Citizens may band together for various purposes, but there is no common government (and, thus, no law).
Given the rather self-centered and greedy natural character of human beings (particularly in large concentrations), any situation without some sort of overall control or law quickly degenerates into violence. Human beings have proven themselves to be unable to live together without some sort of master authority (with enforcement powers). No human society lives in anarchy - even the smallest and most primitive tribes have some sort of authority structure, which is government by another name.
As to why Anarchy is bad, ask yourself this: if you could do whatever you wanted to, with no consequences to you from a "higher" authority (e.G. You could hit someone, and while they might hit you back, no police officer would intervene, and no one would be charged with a crime), what would you do? Now, how would the world be if everyone could do whatever they wanted to anytime?
Anarchism can work only in a world of peace. But peace isnt smth humans are born with. Peace is learnt through education , that all democratic states provide to the citizens for the citizens. Anarchism crashes all values of the state , thus it crashes the educational system as well. It would take only a second and an unlike event would bring the world to ultimate chaos ( killing , raping , all sort of these things , from which the state protects you in an extent.)
I am aware that anarchy has rules, people are expected to behave, etc. but the thing is, if one person would do a act considered "evil" all of the system they created would turn into complete anarchy (chaos)
everyone is working and the community is functioning well, one greedy person steals. Someone finds this unfair and steals back. It doesnt take long for this to become a full scale war involving innocents.
In the end...Anarchy.
Humans are aggressive by nature and I'm all for self reliance but people need to be kept in line by something and a single person can't be trusted with the responsibility of keeping their morels in check. Also with no government there would be no services to get food, water, or power, people would have to find them, if an argument or supply dispute happened people would kill each other, and the most heavily armed and supplied group would rule like a dictatorship. I wish this wasn't true but it is in this modern world, anarchy can't exist as a government form.
The "idea" of "true anarchism" can be thought of as "good" if we just explain it, how ever the only way we know Anarchism is good if we implement it into society, which we know doesn't really work out. Unfortunately , humans are animals at heart, we need to be told what to do. We have rules and structured Government powers for a reason. So yes Anarchism is a bad thing
Glass-half-emptyers seem to swear by Anarchism, while it is a fun idea to toss around, and you sound like a real, hard, tough, thinker, the actual idea is bloody terrifying and I don't know why anybody would ever want it too happen. You have to stop thinking about all the bad things laws and Governments do and start thinking about the good things they do. Most importantly, they keep people united.
But they also temper the vicious human spirit. Any man who honestly thinks we could ever live by our hearts and minds for long is sorely mistaken. It'd be Lord of the Flies pdq. People can be pretty messed up and all it takes is a couple cats in the hen house, so to speak, to screw everybody up.
My analogy is this:
You are on a car conveyor belt in a factory and you have to meet a quota at the end of the day. You notice that three people up the belt aren't attaching doors or snapping on mirrors. Suddenly the system is broken. Thus, Anarchy.
I do not wish to re-type everything I already have on another opinion. To see what I think on this issue, please refer to my response to "Is anarchism a good thing?" There, I deliver my beliefs as well as facts and definitions as to why anarchism/anarchy is a bad thing.
Anarchy could only work in a world of infinite space, nearly unlimited economic opportunity. Basic,crude human urges and desires might make biological sense further back in our species history (lust, ambition and greed,) but in a situation with any observable population density such base urges must be moderated, that's where laws come in. The higher population density the greater the need for laws and regulations. Anarchy today would equal chaos and insecurity. Not everyone is going to behave because there will always be greedy, lustful, jealous, unruly people. When we were disperse, small bands of hunter gatherers such people were in less contact with other people, likely only in contact with blood relations within their tribe or band.
Just like breaking an egg at your head instead of your hand!
There is harm everywhere. Look at the bright sight of Anarchism.
It balances the earth. A leader that justify society problems. Plain, simple and straightforward. We do not need lawyers, police or burial grounds. With Anarchism, is purely survival to the fittest! If you are weak, you are gone! Since there is no heaven or hell in today 21st century society! Why not anarchism?
Real anarchy would mean a complete absence of any violence in society which would be wonderful, but also impossible. As for other versions of 'anarchy' it's not that it's a bad thing. Whether it's good or bad or whether or not it would work is the wrong question. These so-called versions of "Anarchism" are on closer examination proposals for systems of government hidden behind pretty words that make them sound like they aren't really governments.
The fact is self-proclaimed anarchists rarely, rarely actually believe in anarchy if you look at what they actually believe in. Noam Chompsky calls himself an anarchist, an anarchosyndicalist actually. And in Spain in the 1930s they tried to have an anarchosyndicalist revolution, which was lead by two worker's federations of recallable delegates that indeed had measures in place to deal with criminals. Anarchists typically call this "social defense" and use buzzwords like "voluntary organization" to beat around the bush and justify calling their preferred form of social organization "not a government".
One person who called themselves an anarchist(this one being pro-capitalist) suggested there would be a community organization funded entirely voluntary either through charity or business arrangements that would deal with crime. That's a state. The fact that taxation is replaced with voluntary funding does not make it not a government.
Another said competing businesses would provide security according to contracts. Still to prevent civil war they'd have to make deals with each other and the network of decision-making formed in this process would be a government, a very flexible and decentralized (and plutocratic) government but still a government.
Likewise the left-wing anarchist ideal of democratic worker and community councils is basically just a highly decentralized and democratic form of communism which we could very well have a nice debate over but let's not pretend it's not a form of government.
Then you have people who use the anarchist label in order to define a philosophy of recognizing the fact that we can already do what ever we want. Which is true though there may be consequences including consequences that come from an organization called "government". No point in calling oneself an anarchist for recognizing such a basic truth.
And you have anarchopacifists who believe that since government by definition uses force and violence is wrong because they are pacifists that therefore government should dismantle itself in order to be nonviolent. This is a utopian idea that would never happen, but my hat's off to these anarchists. It's a noble ideal that violence should never be used under any circumstances even if it's not completely realistic.
It is definitely agreeable that anarchism is one of the most free and most democratic ideology out there. It takes the best ideas from communism such as limited hirearchy and equality amongst the people but it adds its own traits such as individualism and no man is allowed to force you to do something that you don't want to do. In a true anarchy, There is no violence, No poverty, There is freedom and 100% democracy but it will be extremely hard to achieve and to maintain. To start a successful anarchy, You would need support from someone or something like a government or ruler which is what anarchists are trying to destroy. Anarchists and rulers cannot exist together and so being able to achieve a stable anarchy without it being taken over by terrorists/criminals or the authority would be extremely difficult. Humans have achieved things that no one ever thought that we could achieve. In the future, We could create an anarchist Utopia, It may take a very long time and it will be trial and error, But Anarchism is beautiful, It represents freedom, Democracy, Equality and individualism.
Kind of like the purge, But that does not work AT ALL, If the world, Or maybe just the united states, Went into utter madness, People will want order at some point. It'll cause everyone to get the hatred out of your system, Like making a baby cry itself out, It'll stop at some point, And then a peaceful civilization will arise from the ashes, Hopefully.
Anarchy, while quite utopic, does not seem impossible. It would require a major revolution, and possibly a closed community at first to begin this new society. People would need intensive tutoring and training. Anarchy would require deep discipline, for the system would be extremely frail, and people's nature can be seen as a weakness at first. Currently, I fear most people are not ready for that level of freedom, nor even sure if they would want to, but it is not impossible. Anarchy does not mean no rules - only no rulers, and people would gain their individual freedom, but such freedom comes at great sacrifice. It would need deep training to master one's own natural instinct for violence and chaos, which could take a whole generation of people until it becomes a stable society. But still seems possible.
In an anarchism you are in charge of your own life. A common misconception about anarchism is that it is extremely violent, but it doesn't have to be. In anarchy, there can still be teamwork and a civilized way of living. For example, the Twin Oaks community is a peaceful society that basically follows anarchism in Virginia.
Well you yourself said in your argument that people who let's say are about to kill somebody won't do it because that person will get scared of the revenge the victim's family members will have. Right? If yes then that is where you are wrong. Not all the families are that stupid. They won't risk lives of their whole generation just to satisfy their own inner self. And that will leave the murderer with a huge uninterrupted motive. Don't you think?
While it would take a lifetime to even prepare a comunity for total anarchy because of greed and human imperfections it would all be worth it as ot would be a potentialy best way to go. But integrating this in the society right now without the preparations would be a disaster for all since we are not ready. If this were to happen it would end up like communism and completely fail. A good and an eventialy necesary step before full on anarchism that we could take right now would be anarcho communism (a sistem based on direct democracy and PARTIAL socialism).
Because it will take more than a lifetime of time to prepare a community for complete anarchism otherwise it will fail like communism. Just to be safe TODAYS SOCIETY WOULD FAIL IF IT TURNED TO ANARCHISM BUT IN THE FUTURE AFTER THE COUNTRY HAS DONE LONG PREPARATIONS IT HAS POTENTIAL TO BE THE WORLDS GREATEST SISTEM. Therefore while complete anarchism is not yet an option anarcho communism is an alternative worth trying out in counties like Finland because it features direct democracy and partial socialism so the state controls esential resources but the people are the state so none of that communist dictatorship bullshit.
A functioning anarchy sounds wonderful but can we really trust ourselves? I believe if we were all peaceful and had good morals and ethics an anarchy would be an egalitarian utopia. Maybe over time, the anarchist society would start to work well but I just so not have the faith in humanity. Though in theory, it would be an ideal.