Where Did President Obama Get His Ideas?
Where did President Obama get the idea that the only alternative to government was acting alone? He might have gotten the idea from apocalyptic fiction. Megan McArdle pointed out an omission in apocalyptic fiction:
It's the same idea: In the absence of government, there is no order.
Even more irritating is the absence of something that Parker didn't mention: gains from trade. People have to scavenge or make everything, either by themselves or as part of a cooperative community. Where are the traveling peddlers, the trade caravans? Why isn't anyone buying protection with goods--or at least, exploiting the manufacturers efficiently, rather than killing or imprisoning them to get their stuff? And how about social dynamics? Why do none of the groups, good guy or bad, have any internal politics beyond the crude desire of the number two guy to become the number one?
It's possible to make the case that the property rights that make trade possible require government … except that theory that property rights do not precede government makes more sense when there's gun control.