• Is An Cap Vulnerable to Warlords, Crony Capitalists, Or Corporativists?

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    From: C
    Sent: Sat 7/8/2017 3:18 AM
    To: wblock@loyno.edu
    Subject: Question about Cartels

    Hello Professor Block, My name is C, I am 20 years old and I live near Seattle. I used to be a socialist, and though I now know socialism has never succeeded, requires a state to function, and markets produce more liberty and freedom of thought, there is one argument made by more clever anarcho-statists which I have never heard addressed. I am unable to find fault with it logically, and it has been gnawing on me for a while. Perhaps I have missed something obvious, but since you are the most consistent Anarcho-capitalist, and have published over 500 papers, I was hoping you could point me to any detailed responses to this argument. The argument goes roughly as follows: Corporations who collaborate with the state against the market, will violate the NAP whether the state exists or not. Of course they cannot wield the power of the democratic state to lobby for subsidies and favorable regulations, which is good. But with freedom of association they can form cartels, and with the absence of a police force, they will not voluntarily submit to any investigation which might uncover a conspiracy to violently seize the property of a defenseless curmudgeon, or violently oust competing businesses. Without libel laws, they can spread convincing fake news about any potential muckraker, if they don’t resort to assassinating him. Put simply, though we have excessive regulations now, without any at all, the most successful businesses form corporate cartels which are functionally no different from states with regards to self-ownership and private property rights. In other words capitalism vs. corporatism is a false dichotomy. What have I missed? Thanks, From C

    Dear C:

    What’s “gnawing” at you is the classical question of whether anarcho capitalism is stable. If we ever had such a system, would it survive, or, would it be vulnerable to corporatists? I think an cap would survive, although crony capitalists are always a danger. One bit of evidence for my contention: an cap has existed for 10s of thousands of years on the global scale. Canada and Chile are in a state of anarchism vis a vis each other; there’s no world government. Ditto for ALL other nations. For the libertarian view on libel laws, see below. I’m also sending you a large reading list on an cap. I think the essay that most closely answers your question, challenge, is the one by Bob Murphy on Warlords taking over.

    Also, on an entirely different matter, please read this and get back to me on it:

    Block, Walter E. 2017. “C’mon Down To New Orleans; The Water’s Fine. Enroll at Loyola University.” June 27; https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/cmon-new-orleans-waters-fine-enroll-loyola-university/

    On libel:

    Block 1976, ch. 7, 2008; Rothbard, 1998, ch. 16

    Block, Walter E. 2008 [1976]. Defending the Undefendable. Auburn, AL: The Mises Institute;

    Block, Walter. 2008. “Sue for libel?” December 29; http://www.lewrockwell.com/block/block124.html

    Rothbard, Murray N. 1998 [1982]. The Ethics of Liberty, New York: New York University Press. http://www.mises.org/rothbard/ethics/ethics.asp

    On an cap:

    Anderson and Hill, 1979; Benson, 1989, 1990; Block, 2007, 2010, 2011; Casey, 2010; DiLorenzo, 2010; Gregory, 2011; Guillory & Tinsley, 2009; Hasnas, 1995; Heinrich, 2010; Higgs, 2009, 2012, 2017; Hoppe, 2008, 2011; Huebert, 2010; King, 2010; Kinsella, 2009; Long, 2004; McConkey, 2013; Molyneux, 2008; Murphy, 2005; Oppenheimer, 1926; Paul, 2008; Rockwell, 2013, 2016; Rothbard, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1998; Spooner, 1870; Stringham, 2007, 2015; Tannehill, 1984; Tinsley, 1998-1999; Wenzel, 2013; Woods, 2014.

    Anderson, Terry and Hill, P.J. 1979. “An American Experiment in Anarcho-Capitalism: The Not So Wild, Wild West,” Journal of Libertarian Studies, 3: 9-29; http://mises.org/journals/jls/3_1/3_1_2.pdf

    Benson, Bruce L. 1989. Enforcement of Private Property Rights in Primitive Societies: Law Without Government,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. IX, No. 1, Winter, pp. 1-26; http://mises.org/journals/jls/9_1/9_1_1.pdf

    Benson, Bruce L. 1990. “Customary Law with Private Means of Resolving Disputes and Dispensing Justice: A Description of a Modern System of Law and Order without State Coercion.” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. IX, No. 2,” pp. 25-42; http://mises.org/journals/jls/9_2/9_2_2.pdf

    Block, Walter. 2007. “Anarchism and Minarchism; No Rapprochement Possible: Reply to Tibor Machan,” Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 21, No. 1, Spring, pp. 91-99; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/21_1/21_1_5.pdf

    Block, Walter E. 2011. “Governmental inevitability: reply to Holcombe.” Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 22; pp. 667-688; http://mises.org/journals/jls/22_1/22_1_34.pdf

    Block, Walter E. and Michael Fleischer. 2010. “How Would An Anarchist Society Handle Child Abuse?” October 13; http://www.lewrockwell.com/block/block167.html
    Casey, Doug. 2010. “Doug Casey on Anarchy.” March 31; http://www.caseyresearch.com/cwc/doug-casey-anarchy
    DiLorenzo, Thomas J. 2010. “The Culture of Violence in the American West: Myth versus Reality.” The Independent Review, v. 15, n. 2, Fall 2010, pp. 227–239; http://www.independent.org/pdf/tir/tir_15_02_4_dilorenzo.pdf

    Gregory, Anthony. 2011. “Abolish the Police.” May 26; http://www.lewrockwell.com/gregory/gregory213.html

    Guillory, Gil & Patrick Tinsley. 2009. “The Role of Subscription-Based Patrol and Restitution in the Future of Liberty,” Libertarian Papers 1, 12; http://libertarianpapers.org/2009/12-the-role-of-subscription-based-patrol-and-restitution-in-the-future-of-liberty/
    Hasnas, John. 1995. “The myth of the rule of law.” Wisconsin Law Review 199;
    http://faculty.msb.edu/hasnasj/GTWebSite/MythWeb.htm

    Heinrich, David J. 2010. “Justice for All Without the State.” The Libertarian Standard. May 6; http://www.libertarianstandard.com/articles/david-j-heinrich/justice-for-all-without-the-state/

    Higgs, Robert. 2009. “Why We Couldn’t Abolish Slavery Then and Can’t Abolish Government Now.” August 20; http://www.lewrockwell.com/higgs/higgs128.html

    Higgs, Robert. 2012. “What is the point of my libertarian anarchism?” January 16;
    http://archive.lewrockwell.com/higgs/higgs180.html

    Higgs, Robert. 2017. “Is a National Government Necessary for National Defense?” March 23; http://www.targetliberty.com/2017/03/is-national-government-necessary-for.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TargetLiberty+%28Target+Liberty%29

    Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. 2008. “Reflections on the Origin and the Stability of the State.” June 23; http://www.lewrockwell.com/hoppe/hoppe18.html

    Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. 2011. “State or Private Law Society.” April 10;
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    Kinsella, Stephan. 2009. “The Irrelevance of the Impossibility of Anarcho-Libertarianism.” August 20; http://www.stephankinsella.com/2009/08/20/the-irrelevance-of-the-impossibility-of-anarcho-libertarianism/

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    Molyneux, Stefan. 2008. “The Stateless Society: An Examination of Alternatives.”
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    Murphy, Robert P. 2005. “But Wouldn’t Warlords Take Over?” July 7; http://mises.org/story/1855; http://mises.org/library/wouldnt-warlords-take-over

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    What Would We Do Without the State?

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    The Fatal Flaw in Politics

    Rothbard, Murray N. 1973. For a New Liberty, Macmillan, New York; http://mises.org/rothbard/newlibertywhole.asp

    In the view of Rothbard (1973, emphasis added by present author): “For centuries, the State (or more strictly, individuals acting in their roles as ‘members of the government’) has cloaked its criminal activity in high-sounding rhetoric. For centuries the State has committed mass murder and called it ‘war’; then ennobled the mass slaughter that ‘war’ involves. For centuries the State has enslaved people into its armed battalions and called it ‘conscription’ in the ‘national service.’ For centuries the State has robbed people at bayonet point and called it ‘taxation.’ In fact, if you wish to know how libertarians regard the State and any of its acts, simply think of the State as a criminal band, and all of the libertarian attitudes will logically fall into place.”

    Rothbard, Murray N. 1975. “Society Without a State.” The Libertarian Forum, volume 7.1, January; http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard133.html

    Rothbard, Murray N. 1977. “Do you hate the state?” The Libertarian Forum, Vol. 10, No. 7, July; http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard75.html
    “…there is no sign that David Friedman in any sense hates the existing American State or the State per se, hates it deep in his belly as a predatory gang of robbers, enslavers, and murderers. No, there is simply the cool conviction that anarchism would be the best of all possible worlds, but that our current set-up is pretty far up with it in desirability. For there is no sense in Friedman that the State – any State – is a predatory gang of criminals.”
    “The radical cannot think in such terms, because the radical regards the State as our mortal enemy, which must be hacked away at wherever and whenever we can. To the radical libertarian, we must take any and every opportunity to chop away at the State, whether it’s to reduce or abolish a tax, a budget appropriation, or a regulatory power. And the radical libertarian is insatiable in this appetite until the State has been abolished, or – for minarchists – dwindled down to a tiny, laissez-faire role.”
    Rothbard, Murray N. 1998 [1982]. The Ethics of Liberty, New York: New York University Press. http://www.mises.org/rothbard/ethics/ethics.asp

    Paul, Ron. 2008. “On the Inner Contradictions of Limited Government.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o4kiWpqoeg&feature=PlayList&p=9645F6A68683F679&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=4

    Shaffer, Butler.
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    Stringham, Edward, ed. 2007. Anarchy and the Law: The Political Economy of Choice, Somerset, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

    Stringham, Edward. 2015. Private Governance: Creating Order in Economic and Social Life. Oxford University Press

    Tannehill, Morris and Linda Tannehill. [1970] 1984. The Market for Liberty, New York: Laissez Faire Books; http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig11/tannehill1.html

    Tinsley, Patrick. 1998-1999. “With Liberty and Justice for All: A Case for Private Police,” Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 14, No. 1, Winter, pp. 95-100; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/14_1/14_1_5.pdf

    Wenzel, Robert. 2013. “Robert Ringer’s Strawman Anarchist.” February 2;
    http://archive.lewrockwell.com/wenzel/wenzel211.html

    Woods, Tom. 2014. “Four things the state is not.” July 29;

    4 Things the State Is Not

    private police: private army:

    Gregory, 2011; Guillory, & Tinsley. 2009; Hoppe, 2011; Huebert, 2010; Murphy, 2005; Rothbard, 1973, 1975, 1998 [1982]; Stringham, 2007; Tannehills[1970] 1984; Tinsley, 1998-1999; Wiśniewski, 2014; Wollstein, 1969; Woolridge, 1970.

    Gregory, Anthony. 2011. “Abolish the Police.” May 26; http://www.lewrockwell.com/gregory/gregory213.html

    Guillory, Gil & Patrick Tinsley. 2009. “The Role of Subscription-Based Patrol and Restitution in the Future of Liberty,” Libertarian Papers 1, 12; http://libertarianpapers.org/2009/12-the-role-of-subscription-based-patrol-and-restitution-in-the-future-of-liberty/
    Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. 2011. “State or Private Law Society.” April 10;
    http://www.lewrockwell.com/hoppe/hoppe26.1.html

    Huebert, Jacob. 2010. Libertarianism Today. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger

    Murphy, Robert P. 2005. “But Wouldn’t Warlords Take Over?” July 7; http://mises.org/story/1855; http://mises.org/library/wouldnt-warlords-take-over

    Rothbard, Murray N. 1973. For a New Liberty, Macmillan, New York; http://mises.org/rothbard/newlibertywhole.asp

    Rothbard, Murray N. 1975. “Society Without a State.” The Libertarian Forum, volume 7.1, January; http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard133.html

    Rothbard, Murray N. 1998 [1982]. The Ethics of Liberty, New York: New York University Press. http://www.mises.org/rothbard/ethics/ethics.asp

    Stringham, Edward, ed. 2007. Anarchy and the Law: The Political Economy of Choice, Somerset, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

    Tannehill, Morris and Linda Tannehill. [1970] 1984. The Market for Liberty, New York: Laissez Faire Books; http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig11/tannehill1.html

    Tinsley, Patrick. 1998-1999. “With Liberty and Justice for All: A Case for Private Police,” Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 14, No. 1, Winter, pp. 95-100; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/14_1/14_1_5.pdf

    Wiśniewski, Jakub Bożydar. 2014. “Defense as a private good in a competitive order” Review of Social and Economic Issues, Vol. 1, No. 1, Summer, pp. 2-35;
    http://rsei.rau.ro/images/V1N1/Jakub%20Bozydar%20Wisniewski.pdf

    Wollstein, Jarret B. 1969. Society Without Coercion. In Society Without Government. New York: Arno Press

    Woolridge, William C. 1970. Uncle Sam the Monopoly Man, New Rochelle, N.Y.: Arlington House

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    Walter

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