I agree that ideally, the best form of government is no government. Realistically, I’m an urbanite, a happy consumer and love my creature comforts.
Australian aboriginal society is anarchic and is the oldest society on earth, at not less than 50, 000 years.
American plains Indians were also anarchic, with no formal government. Anarchic doesn’t mean chaotic or unorganised or without laws, or spiritual beliefs.
Such societies often have very rich internal lives, with sophisticated myths and legends and keen sense of justice. What they do not have the kind of diversity found in an industrial society.
Imo the problem with the concept of an anarchic society is that it only seems to work with relatively small groups, with a relatively simple division of labour. It cannot work in a society of the size and technical sophistication of ours as far as I can tell…
My idea of sleeping under the stars is five stars. Did a lot of very basic jungle camping in the army. Even did a survival course in the Malay jungle, where food is relatively plentiful and water easy to get. Fucking hated the whole experience…
A minor drawback of living in a simple anarchic society is that you are well and truly dead before the age of 40. Are such people happy? I have no idea, looks like an unending grind to me. I have no way of knowing.
What then is the measure of a successful society? Longevity of that society? Material well being? Human happiness? There’s the rub. What’s better, a short happy life, or a long miserable life, or something else. Seems to be that for the ordinary person, life is very much concerned with compromise.
Thoreau wrote “The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation”
But he also wrote " “if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”’
I lean towards the first quote, but suspect that there is no single truth by which all human beings maybe assessed, apart from the fact that we die.