Minarchism, anarchism, and democracy: A shared challenge

Source: Notes on Liberty
by Rick Weber

"Minarchism — basically as small a government as we can get away with — is probably the most economically efficient possible way to organize society. A night watchman state providing courts of last resort and just enough military to keep someone worse from taking over. The trouble (argues my inner anarchist) is that if we’ve got a government — an organization allowed to force/forbid behaviors — we’re already on the slippery slope to abuse of powers through political trading. Without an entrenched culture that takes minarchism seriously it’s only a matter of time before a) the state grows out of control and you’re no longer in a minarchist Utopia, or b) a populace unwilling to do their part allows violent gangs to fill the power vacuum." (09/11/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/09/11/minarchism-anarchism-and-democracy-a-shared-challenge/

  • dL

    Without an entrenched culture that takes minarchism seriously it’s only a matter of time before a) the state grows out of control and you’re no longer in a minarchist Utopia, or b) a populace unwilling to do their part allows violent gangs to fill the power vacuum.

    Two flawed premises:

    (1) the assumption that "we" organize government. No, the organization of government historically is the collective action of the minority

    (2) there is no such thing as a singular entrenched culture

    Even if one assumed the above two propositions, the problem of constitutional government is the incentive-incompatibility problem of collective choice to abide by the “unanimity” of the so-called social contact. In plain terms, this simply means that “constitutions” are not rational constraints against rule-making power.

    "Entrenched culture" is not a protection against the incentive-incompatibility problem. Politics is a rent-seeking game. All "entrenched culture" will give you is "the libertarian case" for this or that violation.