Subject: Arguments Against Anarchism|
I would be interested in seeing - at least, in brief - the Counter-Revolutionary arguments against Anarchism stated. Much of what, for example, the mutualist anarchists would promote fits in well with what Distributism advocates, but not everything.
It is always good to be prepared, and I wish to be so with such arguments. Thank you.
| RE: Arguments Against Anarchism|
Some issues as I understand them:
1. Practicality. With 6,000 homesteads, no cities and not much "diversity," medieval Iceland seems to have been the largest and most complex society to do without a public apparatus of coercion. Israel during the time of the judges might be another example, but it's less clear -- to me anyway -- just how things worked.
Anyway, Israel and Iceland were both small and simple societies with settled social standards up in the hills or off on an island somewhere. It seems to me that greater size and complexity would lead to mafia rule and then wars between competing mafias ending in the establishment of a state. Something like that happened in Iceland in the 13th c.
2. The human need for authority and hierarchy. Men are not simply individuals but need to feel themselves part of a larger order of things with authoritative standards and relations they don't create themselves. The state plays a part in satisfying that need.