Defining Anarchy as Rock 'N' Roll: Rethinking Hogarty's Three Cases

Anarchy, State, and Public Choice, Edward Stringham, Edward Elgar Publishing 2006

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Virgil Henry Storr

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center; University of Arizona Center for the Philosophy of Freedom

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Anarchy, simply put, means a society without government. Unfortunately, when most people use the word, they typically make it mean something like chaos, or civil unrest; they equate anarchy with Hobbes's jungle where life is 'poore, nasty, brutish and short'. Anarchy, for them, is the penchant for society's destruction maintained by disaffected suburban youth who have an affinity with rock 'n' roll, drugs and black fingernail polish. It is children at play without adult supervision; it is streets without stop lights; it is the Wild Wild West with no sheriff or marshal. Few take anarchy seriously as an alternative socio-economic system to the one that we presently enjoy. And even fewer find it a viable or even desirable alternative to what we call 'democratic capitalism'. Professor Hogarty is no exception (neither, by the way, are any of the other authors in Explorations in the Theory of Anarchy).

Suggested Citation

Storr, Virgil Henry, Defining Anarchy as Rock 'N' Roll: Rethinking Hogarty's Three Cases (2006). Anarchy, State, and Public Choice, Edward Stringham, Edward Elgar Publishing 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2712844

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