Monday, May 01, 2006

Anarchy is dumb.

Many people take the concept of libertarianism to the extreme and advocate anarchy. I have a very simple reason for believing that anarchy has never worked and will never work except in tiny groups: early people would not have subjected themselves to tyrants (who were, at the time, the only technologically possible form of government) if they could progress better without any government to protect them from force. The opportunity cost of anarchy was greater than that of tyranny - and that's huge. Protection from force is all government should be around for, in my opinion - that and roads. I have never been provided a sufficient explanation, nor have I been able to think of one myself, as to how small roads would be able to function without a government.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The small roads are easy. Just recognize a right of way as an extension of the right to liberty, i.e. you can't just imprison someone by owning all the property around them. Then, communities provide their own roads for themselves and other people can pass through (or around if that community prefers to be gated). The larger roads are harder, as they would be difficult to commercialize without violating right-of-way. At the very most, government could strike deals awarding the profits of commercial HOV lanes to whomever is willing to undertake maintenance of general thoroughfares. FYI I'm a minarchist. I agree about the anarchy baloney. Just think about the "public goods" issue through a little more. Utility is not a justification for force, as I'm sure you know. Hope this helped.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The small roads are easy. Just recognize a right of way as an extension of the right to liberty, i.e. you can't just imprison someone by owning all the property around them. Then, communities provide their own roads for themselves and other people can pass through (or around if that community prefers to be gated). The larger roads are harder, as they would be difficult to commercialize without violating right-of-way. At the very most, government could strike deals awarding the profits of commercial HOV lanes to whomever is willing to undertake maintenance of general thoroughfares. FYI I'm a minarchist. I agree about the anarchy baloney. Just think about the "public goods" issue through a little more. Utility is not a justification for force, as I'm sure you know. Hope this helped. http://www.lalumo.com/

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The small roads are easy. Just recognize a right of way as an extension of the right to liberty, i.e. you can't just imprison someone by owning all the property around them. Then, communities provide their own roads for themselves and other people can pass through (or around if that community prefers to be gated). The larger roads are harder, as they would be difficult to commercialize without violating right-of-way. At the very most, government could strike deals awarding the profits of commercial HOV lanes to whomever is willing to undertake maintenance of general thoroughfares. FYI I'm a minarchist. I agree about the anarchy baloney. Just think about the "public goods" issue through a little more. Utility is not a justification for force, as I'm sure you know. Hope this helped. http://www.lalumo.com/

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry that published thrice, I was impatient with the submit button.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Nigel Watt said...

It's ok, you used the word "thrice", so you're forgiven.

Your methodology is all well and good assuming people take on a modicum of responsibility, but some people suck.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Paulatics said...

Anarchy is dumb and anarchists are even dumber because they don't think - they only rage.

With American ingenuity very soon there would be road building companies who would negotiate for land and right of way, etcetera, etcetera. They would hook up with other road builders in other states and very soon Axxon-Mobile
would be one of the 7 largest road building companies here and abroad.
They would then be subject to charges by the NY Times journalists and editors who are out to save us from big road builders in cohoots with the demo-politicos in Congress who would want to award big road building contracts to Eye-build-it-cheap-and-Fleece-U-in-the-process Road Buildilng Made Easy Company.

Oh, but since we are in a Libertarian society all of the above is a fantasy except for Axxon-Mobile who didn't need government subsidy to be successful.

5:35 PM  

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