By: P. Rodrigues
I remember writing a similar story when I was starting to tell the beautiful tale about communism. The truth is that both narratives are extremely alike, but with one significant difference; the way in which these ideologies are elected as a model in a given society. Communism is achieved by giving all economic, social and political power to one entity, the government, and then transitioning into a country where there is no one in control; but rather having a collective taking the best decisions for the betterment of the community – socialism to communism.
As I recall, communism, in basic terms, is the idea of having a society with no private property. This principle is also fundamental to understand anarchy because, after all, they are almost the same thing.
Anarchy states that justice means nothing without freedom; meaning no social hierarchy or government that controls laws and 'their' people. In their view, people would serve their country through mutual respect, ethics, and honor. Taking steps to progress by doing the right thing. No one is in charge to punish, deliver justice or even allocate the country's resources.
Naturally many problems come to mind. What about international conflicts, if no one is in charge to take action? What about huge infrastructure problems? What about the economy? The army? These questions are valid but not something that should be addressed. Whilst communism was created as a critical contrasting point of view of our capitalist world, anarchy is more about believing in people; how respect and goodness can provide a functional and working society. How we can evolve to think about the collective and forget the need to give others the responsibility of organizing and taking care of our own society.