BASICS: Anarcho-capitalism (was Re: Capital punishment and death by any other artificial means.)

Mark Grant (
Sun, 22 Jun 1997 10:15:39 +0000

On Sun, 22 Jun 1997, Hagbard Celine wrote:

> What?! I interpret this to mean that you can subscribe to what people
> call "legal systems" and still be an anarchist. If I'm wrong, tell me.

Uh, yes. I think you need to read David Friedman's work; try

> My point, based upon what I understand anarchism to be, is that if you
> subscribe to a "legal system" created by another, you are not an
> anarchist. As an anarchist you are advocating a return to the state of
> nature (which may or may not be a good thing).

No, as an anarchist you have a choice as to which legal system you
subscribe to, or not to subscribe to any (but then you're in a free fire

> I have to admit that IMO, anarchism is not the be-all and end-all of
> human existence. Hobbes' Leviathan convinced me of that years ago. But I
> do want to hone my views. Please, anarchist apologists, convince me
> you're right.

Read 'The Machinery Of Freedom'; it will do a much better job and avoid
cluttering the list. You also might like to consider changing your
pseudonym, since 'Hagbard Celine' was a confirmed anarchist.


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