How can anarchism work in society?

I've always wondered why anarchists think that anarchism can work. While I actually do see the positive elements of anarchism, it seems to me like the negative elements outweigh the good. I mean, how would we prevent crimes like murder? Robbery? If we just let people run around with weapons to protect... show more I've always wondered why anarchists think that anarchism can work. While I actually do see the positive elements of anarchism, it seems to me like the negative elements outweigh the good. I mean, how would we prevent crimes like murder? Robbery? If we just let people run around with weapons to protect themselves it would seem the loss of life would be far greater than it is now. I am not trying to bash anarchists, and their ideal, I am simply curious as to how it would work.
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