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Is Government Inevitable? Comment on Holcombe's Analysis


Peter T. Leeson


George Mason University - Department of Economics

Edward Peter Stringham


Trinity College; Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business

2005

Independent Review, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 543-549, Spring 2005

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Inspired by Holcombe's (2004) argument that government is inevitable, this paper reconsiders some of his claims. We contend that his argument fails on two counts: it both fails to show that anarchy must break down and that limited government will not. The arguments Holcombe raises against the viability of anarchy can be applied to the viability of limited government, and the arguments he uses for the viability of limited government can be applied to the viability of anarchy. We discuss the problems with Holcombe's theoretical arguments as well as historical evidence that casts doubt on his claims.

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Leeson, Peter T. and Stringham, Edward Peter, Is Government Inevitable? Comment on Holcombe's Analysis (2005). Independent Review, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 543-549, Spring 2005. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1674461

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Peter T. Leeson
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
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Edward Peter Stringham (Contact Author)
Trinity College ( email )
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Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business ( email )
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States
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