RE: POL: Anarchism vs Limited Government

Robin Hanson (
Mon, 05 Apr 1999 13:52:37 -0700

Bill Brown wrote:
>> My proposal was designed to set aside your "it won't work" objections
>> and see if a core of paternalism remained. Your concern that people
>> won't choose to buy as much poverty insurance, police protection, or
>> bills of rights as you think they aught seems exactly such a core of
>> paternalism. Even when it seems workable, you don't want to let other
>> folks make these choices for themselves.
>My concern is not that people will voluntarily choose to forego these
>services, but rather that they will not be able to obtain them. You can
>only buy what someone is willing to sell. ...
>Your proposal would address some of the problems with PPAs by ensuring that
>they do not simply band together and set up some kind of oligarchy. It did
>not address the more subtle ways that PPAs can use force to gain
>competitive advantages, or the other less obvious problems with such
>schemes. These problems are important, because they can easily lead to
>abuses just as bad as the government atrocities we are trying to avoid.

What subtle schemes/problems do you have in mind that would not be handled by my proposed "PPA anti-trust law"? (Shemes that can make sense of your concern that no bill of rights is guarenteed, or that the poor won't buy enough police.)

Robin Hanson   
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