Comment: It is not so much as an argument FOR statism

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It is not so much as an argument FOR statism

Rather, its an argument that says, ...lets look at the factual data concerning just violence when there is no State and lets look at the factual data concerning just violence when there is no market-based economy. So it is an argument "against" anarchy and socialism if YOU are morally against violence.

Moreover, its a data-factual empirical "is" type argument, not an "ought" argument or a moral argument for the good. If you hold nonviolence as the good, then here is the data. Of course you are free to hold up other moral goods which can compel you to choose anarchy or socialism, despite the higher levels of human violence that such a society will bring.

So for 700 pages he shows the results, the empirical results from what happens to violence when a market-based economy and a State under the rule of law work hand in hand -- violence drops significantly, to less than 1%. And that is taking into account the murderous wars that governments commits, including all those right up to the Iraq war.

That is why this is such a powerful book. For the Rothbardian Anarcho-capitalist, to reply they must reply with factual arguments, not moralistic "ought" arguments, but "is" arguments. Can it be done? Perhaps, and if such a book is done that specifically addresses Pinker's work, it would or could advance the cause of liberty.

Treg

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