Written by Chris Stockdale
What does Anarchy look like? In most cases the answer you would receive would be something along the lines of; “Well, Somalia doesn’t have a government.” Two problems come from this answer. The first being; Somalia wasn’t a nation that forsook government and voted to do away with it. No, Somalia is the result of a socialist nation crumbling. It is a society in decay. Secondly, Somalia is no anarchist state. Many warlords lay claim to the area, therefore providing a –wrongful- totalitarian government.
Anarchy is a decision, a choice. Anarchy is voluntary and peaceful; an ideology that demands nothing but virtue. To survive in anarchy, one must value hard work, respect, honesty, frugality, and love for fellow man. Anarchists, for the most part, are not libertines. To want to live without being stolen from, told what to buy and how to live, and forced into services that are either not necessary or are simply wrong, is not akin to seeking license.
Wikipedia describes anarchism this way; “Anarchism is generally defined as the political philosophy which holds the state to be immoral, or alternatively as opposing authority in the conduct of human relations. Proponents of anarchism (known as “anarchists”) advocate stateless societies based on what sometimes is defined like non-hierarchical organizations, and in another times is defined like voluntary associations.”
In short, Anarchy is a society both free and lawful without the presence of force. The law is upheld and defended by the citizenry. As for national defense, this is also a matter of voluntary association. Much like the ancient tribes of Ireland would rise to defend their land from invaders, as well as the Anarchists of the Ukraine, so too would Anarchists rise to defend their Libertarian ideals.