If we consider only two choices, both of which exclude the possibility of market provisions—total chaos where life is nasty, brutish, and short, or total harmony in the absence of conflict—we easily reach the conclusion that a compulsive state is needed as an effective enforcement mechanism. The former choice is dismissed on the grounds of continued violence and conflict, and the latter is rejected because a conflict-free society is impossible to imagine. Once the possibility of the market provision of rules, laws, and enforcement mechanisms is admitted, however, the conclusion that the state is the necessary and only source of order is exposed as a misconception.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
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