Why Anarchy Won't Work Throughout my experience in the punk scene I have encountered many views about government, most of which deal with an ideology called "anarchy." Anarchy literally means "lack of government," but has gained many different add-on definitions as the punk movement and society as a whole adopted, criticized, and analyzed it. Aside from the large group of punkers who walk around with their machine-made anarchy patches (part of the everlasting punk-fashion show), there are members of the scene that actually care about what's going on. Anarchy is commonly held as an answer to the political problems in America. There are also two prevalent types of those who assume the “anarchist” position, one of which is not even worth discussing (this would be the stereotypical punk rocker, whose view of anarchy is limited to the chronic chanting of "RIOT!" and "BURN IT ALL!" This is not constructive at all, and therefore can’t work). The more intelligent view is displayed by members of society (not necessarily the punk scene, though often times it is) that contend that our world was derived from chaos and therefore maintains the ability to thrive on it. What this view essentially holds, however, is that people are good by nature and laws and restrictions drive us to evil. However, according to history, this is not so. There’s been no known civilization to have existed without some form of government, concluding that civilization cannot exist without the structure/order that law provides us. This can be supported by the Social Contract Theory (credited to John Locke) which states that man himself willingly capitulated himself to governmental rule in order for the protection that the government would yield. Even early man saw the danger in a lawless society. In addition, look at some of the basic trends in history: laws came about, wars occurred, homicide, genocide, sexism, etc., all became part of the human history books. If man were intrinsically good, laws would never have surfaced (as there would have been no need), wars would not have occurred, and all the various forms of dissension and hate would not be present. Since they are, this proves that man cannot be good by nature. This leaves us with our childhood choice between good and evil. With this in mind, it is both ignorant and arrogant to assume that we would all choose the same paths. Therefore, in order to uphold our “basic rights” and maintain the peace that would not ordinarily be existent on account of our individualism, law has been instituted (I am in no way criticizing individual thinking as I am a great admirer of it, I am only illustrating the potential threat it presents to an anarchic society). No matter how it is criticized, law in some form is necessary. What kinds of law and how they are enforced/instituted is a matter of opinion. Anarchy is the ideology of the idealist, and the world will never be an ideal place. As a scene we should be activists working for reform, not separation.