In his book Against Politics: On Government, Anarchy and Order, anarcho-liberal theorist Anthony de Jasay argues that, without the State, society would evolve incentives for peace and order, rather than a Hobbesian war of all against all. Although De Jasay fails to show why anarchists themselves wouldn’t abuse power, he effectively argues that the Hobbesian assumption is not always true.

Andrew R. Rutten is a former Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University.
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