- Paperback: 74 pages
- Publisher: RJ Communications LLC; 1st edition (2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933550651
- ISBN-13: 978-1933550657
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,007,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chaos Theory: Two Essays on Market Anarchy Paperback – 2002
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Chaos Theory consists of two essays written by economist Robert Murphy, devoted to explaining how an anarcho-capitalist order can provide for (a) defense and (b) law. So, while the book is not comprehensive in explaining how anarcho-capitalism might work in every area, it focuses on the two areas that will seem to most to require government action. After all, both defense and law are classic "public goods" in that they are non-excludable (it is hard to make the service available to only those who pay for it) and non-rivalrous (use by one party does not reduce the availability of the service to others). Further, law and defense are argued to be so important that their chief value is that they should be available to all, not just those who can pay for them. To put it directly, it will appear to most on first blush (yes, including me) a bit crass to view law and defense as services to be bought and sold, rather than something that justice requires to be available to everyone.
We start with private law. As Murphy envisions it, the most likely source of law will be individuals buying private insurance against theft, violence and other forms of aggression. Since there would be no state to protect individuals, individuals would insure themselves and property.Read more ›
Chaos Theory is a book that I lend out to a lot of my friends to introduce them to the ideas of Anarcho-Capitalism. I have since went on to read works by Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Hans Hoppe, Edwards Stringham, and many more. I cannot thank Dr. Murphy enough for writing what he did.
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Robert Murphy does a great job filling in some of the perceived blanks of an AnCap society.Published 3 months ago by D. Cole
Great overview for such seemingly complex subjects! It is also free in audiobook through mises.org.Published 6 months ago by JamesD
Stars of good but the end is not really well thought out. The author does not seem to be able to grasp other ways than insurance companies to do things. Like defense. Read morePublished 8 months ago by howell
It's a brilliant book, a book everyone should read. It's a must read without any kind of doubt and for everyone.Published on December 5, 2012 by Xevi Mató
Having previously read and not exactly enjoyed Robert Murphy's The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal, I did not come to "Chaos Theory", a... Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by Omer Belsky