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Bob Murphy Explains Private-Sector Defense in a Stateless Society


Without the State, who will defend us from the warlords? Bob Murphy discusses with Tom Woods how private defense is not the Hobbesian Nightmare. Murphy makes a great point at 9:30. He notes that anarcho-capitalists are not utopians: Proponents for private defense note that if we take into account the existing dominant social attitudes toward life and human rights in a society, it can be demonstrated that the adoption of a state will not improve the situation, but instead create a greater likelihood of widespread violence and less effective defense.

Private Defense? Tom Woods Talks to Bob Murphy

Ryan McMaken (@ryanmcmaken) is the editor of Mises Wire and The Austrian. Send him your article submissions, but read article guidelines first. Ryan has degrees in economics and political science from the University of Colorado, and was the economist for the Colorado Division of Housing from 2009 to 2014. He is the author of Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.

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