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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Anarcholibertarianism's Spectacularly Unsuccessful Prediction

To Tom Blanton at

Renunciation of war is the health of the tyrant.

Give me liberty or give me peace.

There was no effective international law governing the nuclear arms acquisitions of the first half dozen nuclear powers, so they were “free market entities” in the sense of not operating under a territorial monopoly on law enforcement. The same is effectively true of every street gang and mafia family that has ever existed. How many of these “free market entities” ever acted like the well-behaved private defense agencies that anarcholibertarian theory claims would always dominate the market for justice? Right around zero.

The anarcholibertarian theory of defense agencies is one of the most spectacularly unsuccessful predictive theories in the history of empirical social science.