This may have been pointed out before, but I suspect communist or anarchist areas can only survive if they have no hostile neighbors eager to destroy them.
Militias exist in both anarchist and communist political philosophies. They’re voluntary. Although there certainly are communist and socialist branches that have more strict beliefs in Non-Aggression.
Have voluntary militias succeeded against hostile powers?
Have you ever heard of the American Revolution?
Yes. The French royal military beat the Brits who were mostly occupied elsewhere IIRC.
Anarchy, Anarchy, Anarchy’s for me.
Oh what fun it is to throw the state into the sea.
What countries or areas in the world would currently be considered anarchies?
My hypothesis is that anarchy isn’t sustainable over any meaningful amount of time, which is why it’s more of a theory than a type of government?
My take exactly. I think communist and anarchist ‘states’ can’t survive reality. But memes don’t reflect that. I’ll stop now.
Functioning, or aspiring?
An anarchist country is a contradiction, anarchists do not believe in the things that the UN would expect from a country so an anarchist area is unlikely to be recognised as independent. Areas that can be argued to be aspiring towards anarchism would include Rojava in Syria, Chiapas in Mexico and FEJUVE in Bolivia.
We spent a fair amount of time in Chiapas in the last couple decades and saw little tendency toward ‘anarchism’ – more of the national government neglecting that state. Driving from Palenque to San Cristóbal de Las Casas, we followed a Coca-Cola truck whose back was riddled with bullet holes. We should have taken warning. That was just before we were stopped at a Zapatista roadblock and threatened with death if we didn’t pay for passage. I hope ‘anarchism’ works better.
The “voluntary” part isn’t unusual in the least, we have an all-volunteer military right now (though obviously participants can’t back out whenever they want once they sign on the line).
I think the real question is “how often do loosely organized volunteer forces succeed against organized hostile powers?” The answer to that depends on what everyone’s goals are and what you count as a “victory.”
So is the original poster talking about Western Sahara?
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