I know a lot of people here love anarchy, but I don’t see the appeal. So, I have some questions.
Please feel free to answer any or all of them. I don’t think they all have to be answered, and I won’t view the failure to answer one or most of them as a sign that anarchy is not viable.
1. What region, people, or “nation” (or whatever you would call it, if it was anarchistic) has experienced success without a central government of some kind?
2. Does anarchy require that every single individual in the system relinquish any ambition to attain power? If so, is this a realistic possibility?
3. How does an anarchy cope with internal factors, such as the inevitable rise of charismatic and power hungry individuals?
4. How does an anarchy cope with outside aggression?
5. What is the anarchist stance regarding the fact that well over 99% of the population does not favor anarchy?
6. Why are four out of five anarchists male?
7. Are there any problems that are caused by government that will disappear if government is gone?
8. How does one reconcile the fact that anarchists cannot even agree on what anarchy is?
9. How are disputes handled in an anarchy?
I may think of more, and if I do, I will post them separately, but I think this is enough for now. This isn’t an attempt to compile “gotcha” questions, I just cannot figure out the appeal of a system that seems to sow the seeds of its own demise.
And no, trying to turn this around on what we have now isn’t an answer to any of these. I would prefer if you simply addressed anarchy, because for a group of anarchists, all you guys talk about everything but. I’m thinking maybe some people never think about anarchy, they just accept it and never aim their high-powered criticism at it. This would explain why anarchy itself and its mechanics are rarely discussed.
So, inform me.