The Robinson Crusoe Version of Anarchy, or, Advice to the AnarchistsSubmitted by Molusk on Mon, 07/08/2013 - 01:41
Story time with Bill3.
God was getting crowded and all those naked people were cramping his style, so he said you know what, ye shall labor by the sweat of thy brow and eat by the fruit of thy plow, be gone with Ye!
So now you got a hundred people that just got booted from Eden, and hence facing scarcity of means to satisfy their needs.
You now have a state of natural anarchy.
As it happens, some of these hundred exiles try to bully the others around and take as much as they can get their hands on. So some others maybe try to persuade the bullies to chill out and take their fair share, or cooperate and work together to get stuff.
Well that don't work, so a few of them gang up to tie up and bludgeon the bully with a club. He flees into the hinterland and joins up with some other billy badas_ses that had been chased off. They say F it lets team up and go crack some skulls, grab some fermented berry drink, some women and have a good old time.
Four of em descend on the peaceful social organization forming among the others. They lose 10 people before driving off the gang. They gather round tending their wounds, and decide they need 10 or 15 on guard at all times to watch for and repel or capture this gang of thugs.
The people standing around on guard aren't working so they have to get paid to stand around and be cops, so they can eat too.
Now you have government.
That's the Robinson Crusoe version anyway.
Now for the harangue and advice.
You guys can argue speculatively that after 10,000 years of using coercion to create order, and a common system of law and markets that extends over hundreds of millions of people cooperating peacefully according to the known rules of the game, NOW we can try to privatize everything and hope for the best, hope it doesn't descend into feudalism, chaos, gang warfare.
Hope the economic output that depends on a predictable, standardized legal order with courts, contracts, a common currency, freedom of movement and trade, standardized political forms, does not collapse in disorder.
Hope it does not send us back to having 10,000 law codes, and 50,000 walled off territories governed by neo-feudal lords armed with modern surveillance and military technology. Hope that 90% of the population doesn't starve due to a f sck up in the theory or schematics you conjured up.
Hope that you can redesign society from scratch according to vague, experimental notions scribbled by academic intellectuals, based on paper models of human nature and how society should be because that's how human beings OUGHT to be behave.
Well, you geniuses, social reformers, and improvers of society...
At least test this shyt out on an island somewhere before you try it in real life!
Before you try to persuade people to adopt it for 350,000,000 people who need to eat and be provided for through the system of social cooperation in a market economy operating on a legal basis.
How's that for a compromise?