Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Anarcho-Capitalism, But Were Afraid to Ask
By Bryan Caplan
The most intellectually serious proponents and fellow travellers of anarchism are, paradoxically, a bunch of stodgy economists. That’s one of the lessons of Ed Stringham‘s new 700-page anthology, Anarchy and the Law: The Political Economy of Choice. This volume brings together:
- The classic anarcho-capitalist writings, beginning with Murray Rothbard and David Friedman
- The great debates, including Nozick versus his critics, Roy Childs’ critique of Ayn Rand, and Tyler Cowen vs. David Friedman (added bonus: Cowen and Sutter versus Caplan and Stringham)
- The history of anarcho-capitalist thought, including Gustave de Molinari and Lysander Spooner
- Historical case studies – Ireland, Iceland, and the not so wild, wild West
Most economists who invest the time to study the anarcho-capitalist literature ultimately aren’t convinced. But I’ve yet to met an economist who made the investment who didn’t end up taking it a lot more seriously than he expected.