Feel free to not do this, but all I've ever really hear about when it comes to anarchism is shit you'd hear from the dumb 17 year old 'anarchists' who come to this board. Is there any chance you (or
any of the other anarchists who posted in here, sorry, I'm on my phone, can't multiquote) kind of give a quick 'Wikipedia' explanation of anarchism and how it would work in society?
Two broad kinds of anarchism, societal and individual. Social anarchists are anti-hierarchy while individual anarchists are for maximum personal liberty. (Social anarchists believe in positive and negative liberties - ie it is a freedom to be ABLE to do something while individualist anarchists are only concerned with the restraints against liberty placed).
Individualist anarchists tend to be the 17 year old type, it's not practiced outside of the US (It's essentially an American innovation, although Max Stirner created it). It led to libertarianism eventually.
Social Anarchism is better viewed as an extreme form of socialism - the end goal of all forms of anarchy are a stateless society (which is the same goal as communist/marxists), but the difference between an anarchist and a communist is that an anarchist doesn't think that the state can be used to create a stateless society while a communist views it as a necessary evil (communists could better correct me on the exact phrase) transitory period. (Anarchists think that the means of obtaining the ends politically influence what the end actually is to an extreme degree).
During the Spanish Civil War in a region of Spain called Catalonia anarchists + leftist socialists had control for a lengthy period. (About 3 years).
Society still functioned, this is the case example of anarchy in action. Had they successfully won their civil war the British had Gunships offshore to destroy the region and/or render it powerless. An anarchist state is a contradiction - those could never exist.
I'm a societal anarchist in the broad sense but in the narrow sense modern political thought has rendered certain claims of the societal anarchists no longer feasible, which is why I'm a post-structural anarchist (it's also called post-anarchism. It can't be explained easily). There are as many types of social anarchists as there are schools of political thought in every other discipline combined - that's why it's a little hard to define. Outside influence is the major difficulty with establishing anarchist areas - russian and british influence were what caused Catalonia to fall, and post-anarchism can be briefly said to be the practice of thought experiments to get around this issue and the issue of revolutions defining themselves by what they are rebelling against