Re: Nozick's Minimalism

Peter C. McCluskey (
Sun, 20 Dec 1998 10:01:45 -0800 (Dan Fabulich) writes:
>At that point, there is a great deal of incentive for everyone in a given
>area to be operating under one and only one PPF. After all, I can think of
>only two ways to resolve conflict between two PPFs: merging into one PPF,
>(which, by definition, is what would happen if they agreed to mutual
>arbitration,) or combat.

If you look at how existing countries handle the existence of other countries (e.g. extradition treaties), you will see that there are more than two ways to resolve conflicts, and that there exist conditions under which the multiple governments are a stable phenomenon. The only remaining question is whether there is something important about geographic segregation of governments that is essential to this stable coexistence.

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