Can Anarchy Work?
Anarchy: a theory that regards the absence of all direct or coercive government as a political ideal and that proposes the cooperative and voluntary association of individuals and groups as the principal mode of organized society (Dictionary). The question I pose is, will and can anarchy ever work in our world?
Dreams of a utopia linger under our breath, as if they were dirty secrets waiting to be told. A dream that people can live cooperatively with a less coercive government. While this seems impossible now, anarchy could benefit our earth and the citizens living here.
Believing that anarchy can work is the first step. Anarchism as a belief, not a political theory, states that revolutions exist in every moment of our lives and that we cannot wait for this "grand moment" as believed by most revolutionaries. We are constantly choosing what we want in this world by the way we act and what we buy. We reach for the credit card to purchase the new pair of Nikes, instead of spending money elsewhere. As consumers and citizens we are obligated to be aware of our surroundings.
When given great freedom we are also given heavier responsibility to the people around us. Anarchy can work, but only if give the right conditions. Having less coercion means relying on mans' moral sense to guide him. While every person has a moral sense, others may be more susceptible to ignoring its warnings.
When dealing with every person's moral sense we can use a "bell curve" example to describe ones potential. We are all given choices that are unquestionable, and one can choose to be great or fail miserably. In this game of life, anarchy relies on our ability to cooperate with one another instead of being forced into institutions, which may be beneficial or not.
There are few people that will stand up for what they believe in, but most don't even know what they want or need. Currently, "Fifty percent of the population is below average in intelligence"(Anarchy), states Charles Murray at a recent Libertarian convention. As people are becoming more uneducated we are doing nothing to fix this. We still pay taxes and give politicians raises, without fixing healthcare, roads or the education system. This problem could lead to hindering anarchism in the future as an alternative institutional system.