Re: Karl Popper on 'Why Government?'

Randall R Randall (
Sun, 18 Jan 1998 22:30:18 -0500

On Sun, 18 Jan 98 19:14 GMT0 (Tony Hollick)

> Landlords charge rent: States charge taxes. Most states let you
>leave, most of the time. Most landlords ditto. I had the following
>argument with David Ramsay Steele, an anarcho-capitalist theoretician.
>Agorism and anarcho-capitalism are fundamentally different ideas, so we
>argued a lot... He attacked me and threatened to kill me once or twice.

>From Konkin's writings, I got the idea that agorism is just
anarcho-capitalism in practice right now. Is your version
different? How would an a-c theoretician justify attacking you,

> It seems to me, I said playfully, that any crafty group of
>capitalist could replicate the evils of government in a pre-existing
>anarcho-capitalist society by focusing their resources on buying a key
>resource, then imposing conditions of use on it: i.e. fervent Islamic
>capitalists could buy the roads, then make adherence to Islam a
>of use for all the customers. They aren't interested in selling the
>again, remember, nor do they care about maximizing their _financial_
>return on capital.
> So how would we address this problem?

If it were to become a real problem, some other crafty capitalist
would build more roads. <shrug>

> David Ramsay Steele just shrugged this off by saying "We would
>a revolution, and reassign the property rights." Oh, right...

An alleged anarcho-capitalist said this? Not *my* property
rights, and I'll defend my neighbors' too, no matter what their

Dream if you will, but remember there are iron laws.--Johnny Clegg.