Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Has a libertarian society ever existed?

Via Ryan

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It’s sometimes suggested that libertarian ideas are hazardous because they lack precedent.

Functioning decentralized societies, it’s implied, are absent from humanity’s past.

Yet throughout recorded history, nations have survived and thrived without the overarching authority that President Obama assures us is necessary for prosperity.

My observation is nothing new. Each of the systems I’ll name here has been the subject of at least one lengthy examination by a libertarian scholar.  I have yet to come across, however, a reference sheet that briefly reviews a few of them. I’ll attempt to provide one below.

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