Better off Stateless: Somalia before and after government collapse Author: Peter T. Leeson George Mason University. MSN 3G4. Fairfax, VA 22031), USA Received 22 May 2007; revised 30 September 2007 Could anarchy be good for Somalia’s development? If state predation goes unchecked government may not only fail to add to social welfare, but can actually […]
Collectivism is the gas leak. As long as we accept a political system built on the assumption that office holders will be honorable and that it is good that they should direct our lives, we shall forever be victims of the predator class. Only fools would create a political system that depends on “confidence in man”.
When we have an over-inflated tire, we know that over-inflation will cause a Blowout, while deflation results in a flat tire – those are clear and simple definitions which don’t require a genius to understand. Driving on a flat tire will destroy the tire and the rim will soon follow. One would think that even a bureaucrat would grasp that, but we can only imagine that’s “too simple”.
Robert Gore: Beggar, thief, or trader? The choices are narrowing.
There are three ways for a person to obtain something of value from another person: receive it as a donation, steal it by force or fraud, or exchange for it. It’s not much of an oversimplification to say that the advance of civilization has hinged on its movement from the first two methods to the third. The right to exchange, and the right to promise as part of a future exchange—the right to contract—are now taken for granted, but those rights are delicate and a whole complex of rights, assumptions, and obligations are subsumed by them. Their intellectual foundations are being undermined as the equality of rights implicit in contract and exchange gives way to a regressive inequality of rights: servitude.
This should perhaps have been the first in this series, but too late now! We will be turning this from theory to reality. “Home” for us is Apache County, Arizona, one of the poorest and least populated counties in the USA, located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of over 6,000 feet. Our community is unincorporated, being in a rather remote location with a few thousand people scattered an area of perhaps 600 square miles. In talking with the people here, NOBODY wants this area to become part of some incorporated town (which would mean a GOVERNment)! Thus we seek to build a better community within a Voluntary system, in which all are Sovereign Individuals, in which each can fulfill his perceived needs and goals in concert with others who share those same. Neither GOVERNment nor Rulers are necessary to accomplish such goals; this is OUR Path to True Liberty!
The inevitable Global Collapse ahead holds the promise of ending governments around our entire planet. I doubt that anyone can predict how things might change after all these centuries, but we can certainly develop some scenarios. This would be the scenario of no-governments, thus no “Nations”, within a Voluntary System. Without governments. which are always […]