Tuesday, February 21, 2006

QandO Saved Me the Trouble . . .

. . . of debunking a story at the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, in which Yumi Kim asserts that anarchy is working well in Somalia; for example:
Somalia has done very well for itself in the 15 years since its government was eliminated. The future of peace and prosperity there depends in part on keeping [a government] from forming.
But, as QandO's Jon Henke notes,
it's too bad that stories like this have to come out on the same day that Yumi Kim tells us of this wonderful experiment in anarcho-capitalism...
Thousands of people have fled the northern and northeastern suburbs of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, since clashes between militia groups started over the weekend, a top city official said. . . .
[T]he Mises Institute story ends with the claim that efforts "to construct a formal government" inspire only "fear and loathing in Mogadishu and the rest of the country". But that's directly contradicted by evidence on the ground.
There's plenty more. Read Jon's entire post.

The Mises story is another example of "Anarcho-Libertarian 'Stretching'."

Other related posts:

Defense, Anarcho-Capitalist Style
But Wouldn't Warlords Take Over?
My View of Warlordism, Seconded
The Fatal Naïveté of Anarcho-Libertarianism