Defining Anarchy as Rock 'N' Roll: Rethinking Hogarty's Three Cases
Anarchy, State, and Public Choice, Edward Stringham, Edward Elgar Publishing 2006
9 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2016
Date Written: 2006
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).
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