Commentary By Brandon Martinez
The weakest part of anarchism is its lack of solution to the issue of crime and punishment. If there’s no state or book of laws that prohibit certain behaviours by penalty of imprisonment or fine, things that we can all agree are immoral like murder and theft, then there’s virtually no deterrence for criminals to commit those crimes en masse. If there are no institutions or agencies in existence that could punish perpetrators of crime, or even investigate crimes like murder with modern technology, then we’d be left with a dilapidated system of vigilante justice where anyone can wag the guilty finger at someone else, accuse them of wrongdoing, and take revenge. If there’s no court system where those accused of crimes can try to prove their innocence, and prosecutors try to prove their guilt, then how can justice ever be served? We can all agree that under the statist model there are bad and oppressive laws that shouldn’t exist, like laws that limit free expression and organization, but anarchism will simply bring new problems as opposed to remedying the excesses of the state.