This thought, "Should mankind revert back to anarchy?" was brought about in the midst of a lunchtime discussion with a colleague today (yes, it is possible to talk about things other than 'the industry'). He had some 'great ideas' about how to make society better, things like making those of lesser education go on courses to earn their dole, etc... he had a long list.
And as he's talking I'm getting more and more agitated.
I end up saying to him that he can't have that. As altruistic as his suggestions for a better society are, he can't have them. Why? Well, it's been proven time and time again in history that any STRUCTURE mankind invents turns to shit real quick once the hierarchic concerns of capitalism or the corrupt concerns of communism (or vice versa cos they're both the same game) come into play.
There hasn't been one man-made society that hasn't ended in ruin, and it plays out to whatever structure you create. There's a standard distribution curve that just about maps out the rise then fall of any social mechanism mankind has constructed.
And the only option left, the only Occam's Razor Cut? Anarchy. But what does anarchy mean? Well, we take the basic parameters of society (religious belief systems, money making via wars, subjugation of the people via education, landlords and serfs, state benefit and censorship) and then eradicate them all. No rulers. No ownership. No country. A planet of self educaters, self seekers. Fuck moral middle ground. Life truly lived at last. Man, this is starting to sound like the beautiful dream Internet 2 threatens to turn into World Wide Wiretap any time soon.
Can this dark horse Anarchy, the opposite of organised society, prevail where so many other 'systems of social conformity' have continually failed? Do you think mankind could survive a return to pre-managed-societal behaviours, values, mores? Would such a world be any less horrific than today's corporate brain numbing?