"Private-property anarchism, also known as anarchist libertarianism, individualist anarchism, and anarcho-capitalism, is a political philosophy and set of economic and legal arguments that maintains that, just as the markets and private institutions of civil society provide food, shelter, and other human needs, markets and contracts should provide law and that the rule of law itself can only be understood as a private institution.To the libertarian, the state and its police powers are not benign societal forces, but a system of conquest, authoritarianism, and occupation. But whereas limited government libertarians argue in favor of political constraints, anarchist libertarians argue that, to check government against abuse, the state itself must be replaced by a social order of self-government based on contracts. Indeed, contemporary history has shown that limited government is untenable, as it is inherently unstable and prone to corruption, being dependent on the interest-group politics of the state's current leadership. Anarchy and the Law presents the most important essays explaining, debating, and examining historical examples of stateless orders.Section I, "Theory of Private Property Anarchism," presents articles that criticize arguments for government law enforcement and discuss how the private sector can provide law. In Section II, "Debate," limited government libertarians argue with anarchist libertarians about the morality and viability of private-sector law enforcement. Section III, "History of Anarchist Thought," contains a sampling of both classic anarchist works and modern studies of the history of anarchist thought and societies. Section IV, "Historical Case Studies of Non-Government Law Enforcement," shows that the idea that markets can function without state coercion is an entirely viable concept. Anarchy and the Law is a comprehensive reader on anarchist libertarian thought that will be welcomed by students of govern"--Provided by publisher.
First published 2007 by Transaction Publishers.
Formatted Contents Note
chapter 1 Introduction / Edward P. Stringham chapter 2 Police, Law, and the Courts / Murray Rothbard chapter 3 The Machinery of Freedom:Guide to a Radical Capitalism (excerpt) chapter 4 Market for Liberty (excerpt) / Morris and Linda Tannehill chapter 5 Pursuing Justice in a Free Society: Crime Prevention and the Legal Order chapter 6 Capitalist Production and the Problem of Public Goods (excerpt) chapter 7 National Defense and the Public-Goods Problem / Jeffrey Rogers Hummel chapter 8 Defending a Free Nation / Roderick Long chapter 9 The Myth of the Rule of Law chapter 10 The State / Robert Nozick chapter 11 The Invisible Hand Strikes Back / Roy A. Childs, Jr. chapter 12 Robert Nozick and the Immaculate Conception of the State chapter 13 Objectivism and the State: An Open Letter to Ayn Rand chapter 14 Do We Ever Really Get Out of Anarchy? / Alfred G. Cuzán chapter 15 Law as a Public Good: The Economics of Anarchy / Tyler Cowen chapter 16 Law as a Private Good: A Response to Tyler Cowen on the Economics of Anarchy chapter 17 Rejoinder to David Friedman on the Economics of Anarchy chapter 18 Networks, Law, and the Paradox of Cooperation / Bryan Caplan chapter 19 Confl ict, Cooperation and Competition in Anarchy chapter 20 Conventions: Some Thoughts on the Economics of Ordered Anarchy chapter 21 Can Anarchy Save Us from Leviathan? / Andrew Rutten chapter 22 Government: Unnecessary but Inevitable / Randall G. Holcombe chapter 23 Is Government Inevitable? Comment on Holcombe's Analysis chapter 24 Gustave de Molinari and the Anti-statist Liberal Tradition (excerpts) chapter 25 Vindication of Natural Society (excerpt) / Edmund Burke chapter 26 The Production of Security / Gustave de Molinari chapter 27 Individualist Anarchism in the U.S.: Origins / Murray Rothbard chapter 28 Anarchism and American Traditions chapter 29 Civil Government: Its Origin, Mission, and Destiny, and the Christian's Relation to It (excerpt) chapter 30 No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority (excerpt) / Lysander Spooner chapter 31 Trial by Jury (excerpt) / Lysander Spooner chapter 32 Relation of the State to the Individual / Benjamin Tucker chapter 33 Freedom, Society, and the State: An Investigation Into the Possibility of Society without Government (excerpt) chapter 34 Are Public Goods Really Common Pools? Considerations of the Evolution of Policing and Highways in England chapter 35 Property Rights in Celtic Irish Law chapter 36 Private Creation and Enforcement of Law-A Historical Case chapter 37 The Role of Institutions in the Revival of Trade: The Law Merchant, Private Judges, and the Champagne Fairs chapter 38 Legal Evolution in Primitive Societies / Bruce Benson chapter 39 An American Experiment in Anarcho-Capitalism: chapter 40 Order without Law: How Neighbors Settle Disputes (excerpt).