Saturday, May 13, 2006

Tribal Economies & Anarchy

The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development long has advocated a "nation building" theory of economic development. But what about anarchy?

In a recent paper mentioned at the Law and Society blog, one economist, Peter Leeson, suggests that in smaller, insular communities (which he unfortunately labels "primitive"), anarchy is a better mode of economic development, more efficient.

This wouldn't be the anarchy of punk rockers, but more like the anarchy of the Spanish trade unions of the 1930s and the Israeli kibbutzim. Thinkers such as Bertrand Russell and Noam Chomsky, calling it "libertarian socialism," have called it the most egalitarian form of economic systems.

In some ways, is "nation building" the same thing as "libertarian socialism"?


At May 19, 2006 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am surprised you would cite Chomsky on an Indian related blog. If you are familiar with Indians you would know they are over-represented in the U.S. military. Many families, including my own, have relatives who have, or are currently serving in Iraq.

Chomsky recently travelled to Lebanon and participated in a news conference where he gave his support to Hezbollah. Hezbollah was responsible for the bombing of the marine corps barracks in Lebanon and is financed by Iran, which is responsible for many of the IEDs that are now killing U.S military in Iraq.

In essence Chomsky announced his support for Islamic fundamentalist organizations that are dedicated to killing my relatives. In these circumstances, I cannot take his ideas seriously.


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