My arguments against anarchy turned on the need for a benevolent and just state to enforce the rights of those oppressed by gangs of bullies or businessmen.
Absent government oversight, what is to prevent theft, extortion, usury, bribery, coercion, and fraud? What redress has anyone in a stateless society?
The Marxist model envisages the winnowing away of the state. I was never convinced, although I embrace most of the tenets of Marxism.
The plight of animals under capitalism has radically impacted my thinking. The status quo for animals is the worst in history for them. Sixty billion are murdered on slaughterhouse floors every year. Animal activists are unable to intervene because the state protects the industries which commit the horrors.
We agitate for revolution and the collapse of capitalism, as capitalism is the author of all animal cruelty and murder in the world.
Capitalists own animals, capitalists enslave and kill them for profit. Religions justify the horrors perpetrated upon animals, and governments protect the exploitation industries and criminalize the opponents.
Anything which disrupted the slaughter would be a welcome respite for the animals.
That realization led me to advocate for anarchy. The more chaotic the better. The chaos would end organized slaughter. Chaos would allow animal activists to intervene, to take out the owners, managers, and workers in slaughterhouses. To free the captives on factory farms, and in feedlots.
Organized animal activists could ensure an end to animal exploitation and murder. And there would be no state to protect the cruelty. No police to protect the abusers. No courts to convict animal activists.
Suddenly, I am an anarchist.
Under capitalism, might makes right. Under anarchy, right makes might.