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Rothbardianism In Iraq?

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At my blog Free Advice, a Marine reservist who spent time in Iraq describes a post-Saddam village that is on the borderline between a very limited government and a real-world example of anarcho-capitalism. Basically, in the comments the readers who are anarchists think it is an example of anarchy, while those who say “anarchy is unstable” obviously disagree.

It’s a very interesting case and I invite Mises.org readers to chime in with their thoughts. Obviously the village doesn’t feature insurance companies selling quarterly defense services, but then again I’m not sure you could buy a whole life insurance policy, either.

Robert P. Murphy is a Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute and Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. He is the author of many books including Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action (Independent Institute, 2015) which is a modern distillation of the essentials of Mises's thought for the layperson. Murphy is co-host, with Tom Woods, of the popular podcast Contra Krugman, which is a weekly refutation of Paul Krugman's New York Times column.

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