Anarchy is not lawless chaos – it is simply the absence of controlling rulers.
Think “no rulers”, not “no rules”. Natural law is the only valid law, regardless of which government claims authority over you.
There are some violent idiots who claim to be anarchists, but they are just using the word to hide behind their childish anger and ignorant greed. Don’t be fooled into believing that the government protects you from them. The abusive government protects its own supposed authority, not your life, liberty, and property.
John Hasnas, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, put it this way:
Anarchy refers to a society without a central political authority. But it is also used to refer to disorder or chaos. This constitutes a textbook example of Orwellian newspeak in which assigning the same name to two different concepts effectively narrows the range of thought. For if lack of government is identified with the lack of order, no one will ask whether lack of government actually results in a lack of order. And this uninquisitive mental attitude is absolutely essential to the case for the state. For if people were ever to seriously question whether government is really productive of order, popular support for government would almost instantly collapse.
I’m willing to bet that you really love anarchy. Don’t think so? How many of the following scenes of total anarchy do you happily participate in?
– Paying a neighborhood kid to mow your lawn
– Kids selling lemonade or washing cars or putting on a concert to raise funds for their cause
– Buying used furniture at a garage sale
– Reading whatever books you choose
– Your friend cutting your hair, whether you agree to pay them or not
– Enjoying the company of your friends without being forced to associate with anyone against your choosing
– Traveling freely from place to place
– Writing and sharing your thoughts and feelings without fear
– Building a deck or patio on your property to enjoy with your family and friends
– Attending a sporting event or other form of entertainment
– Worshiping according to your own conscience
– Singing or playing a song you like
– Keeping private information private
– Growing a garden
These simple activities (and infinitely more just like them) are those of an anarchist. (Notice the lack of taxes, regulation, building permits, licensing, child labor laws, immigration law, forced association, prohibition, censorship, surveillance, and minimum wage.)
In fact, I will go as far as to say that anarchy is involved in literally everything good in this world. You should not fear total freedom just because you have been raised to be comfortable in a cage.