Anarchism: would it work?

Discussion in 'Religion & Philosophy' started by Chaos, May 2, 2008.

  1. Chaos

    Chaos Epic Gamer V.I.P. Lifetime

    What do you think about Anarchism? 'A political system without leaders'; do you think this could actually work? What would a society without government be like?

  2. Corona

    Corona Registered Member

    Anarchism is a great ideal, but implementing it would be incredibly stupid. Anarchism rests on the idea of voluntary trade between consenting parties for the benefit of both, and it relies on the idea that people are just and fair. People are not just or fair. There would be an incredible amount of crime and discord. The anarchist society would devolve into a group of warring factions.
  3. Chaos

    Chaos Epic Gamer V.I.P. Lifetime

    But do you think that it is physically possible to have a society without a government?
  4. Corona

    Corona Registered Member

    It could exist in theory, or for very very short times, but humanity will always organize itself into a society with rules and standards, which means a government.
  5. Malificus

    Malificus Likes snow

    An anarchist society could work in very small groups for a while, but a chief figure/position would eventually develop.

    In practice, this would most likely be a group of hunter/gatherers. Maybe even a farming community.
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  6. Chaos

    Chaos Epic Gamer V.I.P. Lifetime

    Wouldn't Anarchy therefore become, eventually, a democracy?
  7. Malificus

    Malificus Likes snow


    If the chief figure emerges, it becomes a monarchy.

    If the group relies too heavily on priests and shamans, it can become a theocracy.

    If the group helps each other and works together without a leader emerging, it's a communism.

    If a group takes the resources and enforces everyone only takes their share, it's a dictatorship or authoritarian government.
  8. Chaos

    Chaos Epic Gamer V.I.P. Lifetime

    Communism still generally has an authority figure though, be it a solitary figure or a group/council. In which case, communism becomes either a dictatorship or a democracy. Technically, the ideal of communism is anarchy.

    Personally, I don't think it's possible to exist as a society without some form of government. I wish it was, but I just don't. The idea of "working together" doesn't seem possible, as most Humans are selfish bastards. It would probably last for a short while, before requiring a judiciary figure, leading to other authority figures - hence, government.
    Also, for the record, I meant wouldn't anarchy become a form of democracy or face destruction or change into society with government. Potentially, you could run a democracy without a central government.
    Last edited: May 2, 2008
  9. Bananas

    Bananas Endangered Species

    All of the above that you have listed can still be democratic, I think autocratoc would be a better description for what anarchy wouold achieve.

    A monarchy for example can only be autocratic if it is absolute most monarchies are constitutional(side note; Lichtenstein & the Vatican are the only autocratic states left, whilst a few middle eastern countries are close to it namely Saudi Arabia).

    If Anarchy if left to run its cause it would adventually turn to Autocracy where a self appointed ruler, most probably by force and influence, would seize the lack of power with their own power. This is why I prefer to use the word anarchy as meaning disorder, rather than a state without governance, as even with just two people on a desert island you will get an authority figure which in effect is governance.

    Each person must unite with all others, yet obey nobody but themselves to be free.
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (philosopher)

    I think it may of also been him who said freedom is the divide between anarchy and tyranny.

    Last edited: May 3, 2008
  10. Hi_Im_Tim

    Hi_Im_Tim I am Heavy Weapons Guy

    I don't think that it would work for very long. Eventually someone would gain enough power and they would take over.

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