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"?