In theory, I love the idea - people living their own lives, free from government constraints, living together happily. In practice though, it's a recipe for disaster in my opinion: I don't trust people to live in peace without a government ruling over them to some extent. Also, I'm not comfortable with the idea of abolition of public services, I think they're vital for the security and happiness of any society.
I'd say so. Anarchism takes various forms (Keckers mentions anarcho-capitalism but I don't think that you can really have 'anarcho'-capitalism since capitalism naturally implies some kind of hierarchy) but communism is a leaderless form of collective government based on equal distribution of wealth which pretty much sums up anarchism.
I used to be heavy into it but then I moved away from it into more of a democratic socialist. I think anarchist thought never really developed past 19th century thinking in any meaningful way which is why Marxism has stayed more relevant. I've just kept the fundamental feelings behind anarchy like equality, a general distaste for authority, personal freedoms, redistribution etc
There always needs to be some sort of overarching state structure with which people participate in or are ruled by. Even if anarchism did succeed in any one nation, globally they'd just be consumed by neighbouring nation states anyway.
(Original post by JCC-MGS)
I'd say so. Anarchism takes various forms (Keckers mentions anarcho-capitalism but I don't think that you can really have 'anarcho'-capitalism since capitalism naturally implies some kind of hierarchy)
Anarchism doesn't have anything to do with hierarchy if that hierarchy exists naturally. Any enforcement of any hierarchy of any sort would require force and some form of power base.
Anarcho-capitalism (in theory) creates a natural hierarchy of wealth but not of power.
The problem with the system we currently have is that I am voting for someone who may or may not represent me in Parliament who in turn represents 70,000 odd others. But surely the best person to represent me is myself. If we adopt anarcho-capitalism then this problem would not exist. Of course even I accept that it would take several hundreds of years for my vision to come true - an entirely anarcho-capitalism world where private property exists, a voluntary society exists and individuals become free and soverign, in their own right, again.