Anarchy is a personal philosophy. It shouldn’t be mistaken for a collectivist system but it often is. People will say “I just don’t know if it will work” as if it’s a system to be implemented. Meanwhile, statism isn’t working. This we already know. Why? Notions of where State authority is derived were fabricated by desperate people out of a desire for something to exist that simply does not. Out of a desire to have an institution to protect our rights, we created an institution built on the premise of violating people’s rights.
Anarchy is a lack of belief in the State just as atheism is a lack of belief in gods. Without evidence for this so-called authority that the State claims, and in the face of glaring logical inconsistencies, the rational view is that it does not exist. Where does this authority come from? How did wealthy white slave-owners writing on a piece of paper two centuries ago create supreme law when if I write on a piece of paper it’s just an opinion? Irrational beliefs lead us to make irrational decisions. Being unaware of gravity doesn’t mean you won’t fall if you step off a cliff, contrary to what Bugs Bunny tells us. Acknowledging reality is the first and most crucial step to finding real solutions to our problems.
If someone says we have to have some kind of authoritative government, that’s unfortunate because we don’t. All we have is a lie. If you ask me how we will solve all the problems of the world other than with a state, I can’t answer that. If you took up a certain religion because you were afraid of death and wanted to go to heaven, your belief and even the combined belief of millions doesn’t cause a heaven to spontaneously appear. Either it exists or it does not. Maybe we’re just going to die. I think we’ll find ways to extend our lives exponentially, but those solutions will have to be based in reality. Anything else is just a false sense of security that delays us from seeking real solutions.
Our ancestors created a state to protect our rights knowing that it would have to violate our rights. Meanwhile, we still have crime despite police and courts. We still have accidents despite countless traffic laws. We still get attacked from abroad. Removing the state won’t result in a perfect world with no problems, but the world is far from perfect now. How ineffective does it have to be before people lose faith and realize the benefit is severely outweighed by the harm? We certainly don’t live in a Utopian world and yet look at the sacrifices we make to maintain this delusion. In a stateless society, sometimes rights will get violated just as they do now. That’s reality. The question shouldn’t be whether a stateless society can work as if the answer is “yes” or “no”. The question should be whether it could be better. I say it can, but it will depend on reason and optimism; not faith.