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  • Paperback: 698 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers/ Independent Institute (January 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412805791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412805797
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Finally, a fit rejoinder to people who begin sentences with There ought to be a law' ..."
P. J. O'Rourke, author, Parliament of Whores and On the Wealth of Nations

"Scholars interested in scrutinizing the links between political and legal institutions will find Anarchy and the Law an invaluable resource."
Tom W. Bell, Professor of Law, Chapman University

"The dynamics of government growth has proven that no matter how benign the original intent and no matter how limited their scope, government programs will eventuate in abuse and malignancy. Anarchy and the Law assembles key essays that embrace this view."
Ronald Hamowy, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Alberta, Canada

"Anarchy and the Law is a breakthrough work, one which anyone interested in politics will find intellectually exciting."
Ralph Raico, Professor of History, Buffalo State College

"Anarchy and the Law is a must read' for anyone open to ideas and interested in the preservation of liberty."
Thomas J. Nechyba, Professor of Economics, Duke University

"Anarchy and the Law is an essential book on the theory and history of non-state' legal systems in which law enforcement is privatized, including essays by both proponents and skeptics."
Lawrence H. White, Friedrich A. Hayek Professor of Economic History, University of Missouri, St. Louis

About the Author

Edward P. Stringham is professor of economics at San Jose State University and a research fellow at The Independent Institute. A member of the Executive Committee of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, he is the editor of Anarchy, State, and Public Choice.

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You are advocating chaos and lawlessness!... what about the roads?!?!?
Tanner Cartwright
This is a collection of some of the most important papers to come from the anarcho-capitalistic scholars.
Jon Schipp "Keisterstash"
It is nice to have so many good articles and essays together in one place.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Roderick T. Long on February 22, 2007
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This nearly 700-page book is quite simply THE definitive collection on free-market anarchism. Its forty chapters include contributions from Randy Barnett, Bruce Benson, Bryan Caplan, Roy Childs, Anthony de Jasay, David Friedman, John Hasnas, Hans Hoppe, Jeff Hummel, Don Lavoie, Murray Rothbard, the Tannehills, and many more. (Full disclosure: it also contains a chapter by me.) In addition, it features historical classics by Voltairine de Cleyre, Gustave de Molinari, Lysander Spooner, and Benjamin Tucker, among others. It covers both moral arguments and economic ones; it ranges over both abstract theory and historical examples. It even includes important criticisms of market anarchism, like Tyler Cowen's and Robert Nozick's, along with anarchist replies.

Are there any regrettable omissions? Well, of course. Any self-respecting anarchist geek could easily cite another thousand pages' worth of "absolutely essential" additional material, additional authors, additional perspectives. But never mind: this, here and now, is it. Wonder no more what is the market anarchist book to recommend to the anarcho-curious or wave menacingly at the statist heathen; it's this one.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Michael R. Edelstein on February 12, 2009
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Stringham's compilation of articles and book chapters provides scholarly answers to virtually every question that can be asked about the theory, history, and practice of private property anarchism.

If a thorough reading fails to persuade the cynical reader, it at least will impel the greatest skeptic to respect the anarchic alternative as a serious challenge to the universal orthodoxy that humans are unable to function in civil society without a state. From Murray Rothbard's logic-tight, block-by-block construction of a competing legal system to Robert Ellickson's descripton of anarchic law in present-day Shasta County, CA, Anarchy and the Law delivers paradigm-shifting insights previously unavailable in any other single source. --Dr. Michael R. Edelstein, author, Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life, [...]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon Schipp "Keisterstash" on December 10, 2011
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This is a collection of some of the most important papers to come from the anarcho-capitalistic scholars.
It's a large and thorough volume, exceeding 700 pages, 650 or so of which is actual content.

Almost all the authors are either economists, professors of business, or law professors as noted on pages 680-682 titled "About the Contributors".

A little about the editor, clippings from "About the Editor", page 680:

"Edward P. Stringham holds the the Hackley Endowed Chair for Capitalism and Free Enterprise Studies at Fayetteville State University and is a research fellow at the Independent Institute. He is president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education...author of many articles written in scholarly journals...Journal of Institutional & Theoretical Economics...Journal of Labor Research..Journal of Libertarian Studies.. Stringham earned his Ph.D from George Mason University in 2002...won...Distinguished Young Scholar award from the Liberalni Institut and the Prague School of Economics"

As for thorough, the book is divided into four parts: The Theory of Private Property of Anarchism, The Debate, History of Anarchist Thought, and Historical Case Studies of Non-Government Law Enforcement.

I've always felt that the privatization of police was a "no-brainer", however, I wasn't so sure about the idea of private courts and private law.
After reading many of the articles, some of my skepticism has been washed away. As a principled libertarian, I prefer the Rothbardian approach, but I believe David Friedman illustrates the true nature of possibilities. I do believe that anarcho-capitalism will only work if the people are ready, and I don't know if that time will ever come. However, I'm an anarcho-capitalist on principle.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fritz-Anton on August 27, 2011
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A short review like this one could never do justice to such a massive collection of important essays and book-excerpts as Anarchy and the Law. This impressive volume speaks for itself. We have here nearly 700(!) interesting pages by a long array of advocates and critics of individualist anarchism. The advocates rightly dominate the proceedings as they very rarely get to voice their opinion elsewhere.

The book is divided into four main parts: (I). Theory of Private Property Anarchism, (II). Debate, (III). History of Anarchist Thought and (IV). Historical Case Studies of Non-Government Law Enforcement. In the first two parts we get to read independent essays and excerpts from books by such luminaries of the subject as Murray Rothbard, David Friedman, Robert Nozick, Anthony de Jasay and many more. In part three Lysander Spooner and Benjamin Tucker were expected, but Edmund Burke was a surprise. Gustave de Molinari was a new discovery for me as well as several other writers past and present. This book is a goldmine even for those who thought they knew everything worth knowing about individualist anarchism. The final part provides a powerful reply to the common objection that "anarchy has never been tried". The obvious reply that "just because it has never been tried, it does not mean that it would not work if it was" is here supplemented with a much more interesting argument. It is maybe true that full-blown anarchy of the form that the writers sampled in this book are advocating has never been tried, but aspects of present and historical societies are anarchical in interesting ways. We can learn much from studying these aspects.

Very highly recommended!

A good companion is Jan Narveson's & John T. Sanders' For and Against the State

Fritz- Anton Fritzson
Lund University,
Sweden
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