Men must be governed! Often not well, I grant you, but they must be governed, nonetheless.” – Captain Aubrey, Master and Commander: Far Side Of The World.
Libertarianism is often mistaken as a philosophy that teaches no governance is necessary, or in fact something to be avoided as a great evil. While the necessity of the modern state certainly fits this description, let us dispel this myth once and for all: Governance is not only wise, it is vital for preserving any form of social, cultural, religious, or national order. Without governance, there is chaos.
First, let us be clear: when I say “governance,” I do not mean coercive, aggressive authority that rules against the consent of those underneath it. I refer to government bodies such as church councils, board of directors, social club leaders, military echelons, and so forth. Men need rules on how to interact and behave. Those rules must be carried out by men, and to fulfill that task, legitimate governments are needed.
The belief that there should be no governance whatsoever is the utopian dream of soy-face anarchists that make up pathetic groups like Antifa and communist/socialist organizations. They are weak and feeble precisely because any desire to accomplish something is compounded by the lack of ability to make it happen. They refuse to appoint leaders or accept one person’s natural leadership qualities out of fear of giving them any sort of power whatsoever. They want total egalitarianism, and since achieving nothing is not a failure for them, per se, it doesn’t frighten them as much as the presence of governance, however voluntary it may be. Ultimately, they are parasitical, because they rely on the modern state to bring about their goals. They cannot exist on their own.
Normal, well-adjusted men crave and respect the need for order; they want a system of rules and an institution in which they belong somewhere, whether it is at the bottom or the top. It provides them with agency and purpose.
Where trouble arises is when the mechanism is corrupted, and eventually the rules with it.
Even if libertarianism were to be fully realized, men would still lead others and submit to the authority of other men of their own free will. To deny this is to deny the natural order of things.
I would add that a society without hierarchies, rules, government institutions, and leaders would fall apart or be conquered by its rivals not suffering from the same defects. Any “libertarian” system that is weaker or inferior to a “nonlibertarian” one requires further revision by those who champion it.