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Monday, February 13, 2006

On private defense agencies

What I think is a good basic way of understanding how private defense would play out:

McDonalds makes way more money than Sardis.

I have a feeling that most of the vulgar libertarians are right to be afraid of anarchism, because it's not going to result in a world that they (or their heroes/bosses) will be very comfortable with.

At least in the early stages, when the nature of property rights manifestation is worked out, there will be something akin to the dreaded "class war" going on. However, the hope for the soft landing is that, knowing what we do (and I mean 'we' as 'all of humanity in general'), this will be a cold war.

There may be enclaves of plutocracy that hold out quite a long time, but for most of us, it will be much more of a worker's paradise than that. Not that everyone will be utterly equal, but that someone from our current society wouldn't be able to tell the moderately rich from the moderately poor. They would suspect we keep all the poor people locked up somewhere slaving away in the satanic mills. "Nahh, we've got machines to do that..."

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