Mike G recently had an IM discussion about the dangers of the State & what an alternative may look like, and posted the transcript on his site. Read the whole thing.
My thoughts: the concept of free-market dispute resolution taking over in a post-state society where criminal law currently holds sounds reasonable, in as much as it breaks the common modern interpretation of government down to its most basic — dispersal of risk, a.k.a. Insurance* — and removes the centralization problem. I do have a couple questions though…
-Say, hypothetically, that someone due entirely to no fault of their own is unable to afford the DROs in the area they live in. I’d personally assume in that case the following: either others in similar position band together & at least fulfill the prevention end of the equation (though obviously not the financial part), or that DROs would exist that essentially operate as charities. Am I far off?
-Another hypothetical: what if the person that commits an act that’d bring the DROs into play is a child? I’d assume the parents would more than likely be held responsible. Correct?
Maybe it’s my upbringing or something, but my personal conception of a post-state society has been more along the lines of a radical localism, an organizing by common culture such that the odds of violation are sharply reduced, with self-sufficiency & self-defense filling much of the gap, and harm handled as a regional matter. To put it VERY short, Mike G connects aggression to torts while I see it as a form of invasion. That’s not to diss his view, merely simple comparison.
(* – This is basically the only other thing the State does besides overt violence. Take the current approaches to economic crash, for example: a small section of the population — the financial elite — failed really badly, and the response was to use the income of the masses to cover their spread. This type of thing is why mainstream liberals propose government administration of health insurance, they see the spreading of risk but don’t realize why it always applies overwhelmingly to corporations in practice.)