Humans crave order. This is not to say that unpredictability and chance are shied away from, but more of a tendency to restrict chaos. Gambling, investing, insuring, and simply making daily choices are all attempts by man to make the best of an unpredictable future. Chaos, on the other hand, is overcome through the adoption of rules.

The proverbial invisible hand does an amazing job of creating unwritten rules to which the vast majority of individuals around the globe abide. All humans are born with an inherent understanding of property, boundaries, and limitations on force. Even in the most extreme communal environments, private property is understood (e.g. this is my bed, these are my shoes, this is my leg, etc.). The most nomadic people on the planet respect personal, communal, and/or holy areas. And nobody desires to be a slave to another human.

Yet there is a tendency to make the blanket assumption that chaos would erupt in an anarchic environment. The common refrain is that it is impossible to point to a “successful” anarchic nation (which is an oxymoron in itself) and, therefore, anarchy is untenable. However, what people do not seem to realize is that anarchy is not an exception to the rule, but the rule itself. The natural state of man is anarchy and it is not until another person exerts force upon you that you enter into a state of governmental control.

The beauty of anarchy is that it is everywhere.

What time did you wake up this morning? I bet nobody forced you to set your alarm for a certain time. What did you eat for breakfast? Again, no state dictated menu (granted, there are many delicious items which are arbitrarily prohibited by the state). Granted, these are seemingly trivial issues, but these simple choices throughout our daily lives are what ultimately make us who we are.

The government might force us to jump through hoops to legally travel, but it is up to us to choose where to travel.

The government requires silly and obtrusive licenses, certificates, and tests to perform certain services for others, but the choice of which career path we take is up to each of us.

It sometimes seems as if we are continually surrounded by government regulation for the simple fact that it is unnatural! We are painfully aware of the limitations of government law because they are the exception to our daily anarchic lives.

I am the first to admit that it is easy to become pessimistic about the state of our lives because, once again, it is so easy to point out the restrictions and intrusions that we tend to ignore the vast majority of our lives wherein we are free to do as we choose. Think of it as if our lives were the news; everyone knows that negative news sells. And so it goes with our daily lives.

So in order to bring forth a little bit of optimism and sunshine to our dreary government-repressed lives, over the next few days I’ll be touching on a few areas in life for which we might take for granted. Perhaps if we see that our daily lives are 95% anarchic and only 5% coerced we might whistle a little tune while we dream up ways to remove the shackles.