Given the frailty of an individual it is common for those with similar desires and design to band together under some sort of flag. Although at best the flag denotes a co-operation and coming together of many inherent in it's foundation was the individual weakness.
Problems arise as the individual is now bound to the common law. There becomes a tendency to tout for further support, as the only way to grow, in what is a restrictive covenant. This new organisation is not an anarchistic avoidance but a regime that must needs survive, and so the weak become strong and dumber acts are perpetrated in the name of the flag.