Many arguments against anarchism are based on the platitude that people are selfish and that without a government to force them to behave ethically they'll inevitably exploit and victimize each other to no end. Obviously the people who use this idea to justify a group of people whose job is to exploit and victimize us are most likely beyond reasoning with, but as with many untrue ideas, there are numerous ways to show how it's false, and the premise of this argument itself is one that I feel doesn't get enough attention. I want to point out just a few of the outstanding examples of non-enforced human altruism that are so powerful and undeniable that they are a major part of many of our lives.

If people do all these things as volunteers, just how stupid do you have to be to think that without the government society would devolve into chaos and violence everywhere? It'd be the opposite since government is by the far the largest committer of violent crimes per capita, including armed extortion and kidnapping of innocents. Most Anarchists argue for a society where crime-fighting and protection services are provided on a free-market basis involving voluntary assocation and the option to opt out, but even besides how obviously better that is, a quick glance at the real world makes it abundantly clear that there would be people willing to do it for free for those who really couldn't afford it.



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