Commentary by Brandon Martinez
The anarchist scenario looks the worst when applied to modern roads and transportation, for example. How would you maintain order on the roads if there were no laws in place prohibiting certain behaviours on the road like speeding, drunk driving, running red lights, and other dangerous maneuvers? If nobody was obliged to follow modern road rules through the threat of fine or imprisonment, few would follow them. You’d basically have a chaotic situation where nobody is accountable for driving like a maniac and putting others in danger. You have those kinds of situations in very poor Southeast Asian countries. And if you are not obliged by law to register your vehicle and have insurance, then there’s no way – beyond physical intimidation and threats – to get compensation for being hit by another car on the road. They could just drive off and you’d never be able to identify them since license plates won’t be required linking cars to persons.