Is Government Inevitable? Comment on Holcombe’s Analysis
By Peter T. Leeson
Edward P. Stringham

This article appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of The Independent Review


The quest for a stateless society is futile because the inevitable rule of the politically strong over the weak makes government also inevitable, argued Randall G. Holcombe in the Winter 2004 issue of The Independent Review. But the arguments Holcombe used to question the viability of libertarian anarchy can also be used to argue against the viability the limited government he favors, and the arguments he uses in favor of the viability of limited government also support the viability of anarchy.

Other Independent Review articles by Peter T. Leeson
    Spring 2007   The Use of Knowledge in Natural-Disaster Relief Management

Other Independent Review articles by Edward P. Stringham
    Summer 2004   Commerce, Markets, and Peace: Richard Cobden’s Enduring Lessons
    Summer 2004   The Debates of Liberty: An Overview of Individualist Anarchism, 1881–1908

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