The aztecs and the vikings. Could anything be more badass?
We expand to fill the space available to us.
It is very tempting for a certain sort of person to want to describe human behavior as a set of defined variables. AX-B=C sort of thing where changing any one of the variables changes the whole equation. The problem is that human actors do not behave in this way. People behave in a much more linear fashion. A leads to B leads to C. See also Cargo Cults.
I prefer peace and freedom over law and order. Most people seem to prefer the latter. Order uber alles would be their cry if they could simplify enough. Suck it up people. You cannot comprehend all the complexities of any system. Attempting to do so will result in unforeseen consequences.
For surely, currently accepted wisdom will never be considered sheerest foolishness tomorrow.
Looks like some good reading here. Historical Examples of Anarchy Without Chaos
This argument in no way addresses the legitimacy of the government function in question. Because you have the capacity to leave does not address the fundamental issue. I could move to a lower crime neighborhood, and that may be prudent, but it doesn’t justify the crimes committed against me.