Monday, July 26, 2004

Anarcho-Capitalism in Historical Perspective

It seems obvious to me at least that were anarcho-capitalists ever to attain their daydream of abolishing government in its entirety, we'd quickly end up back in the not so good old days of feuding clans and warlords; but this is just what Europe took more than a thousand years to escape from after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, and even as well-established a state as France was only able to tame its "over mighty subjects" in the middle of the 17th century. What point would there be in giving up everything that has been so slowly and painfully gained in order to embrace a new feudalism? What new and wonderful freedoms would this hypothetical new dawn promise, to justify taking such a step?