Somalia: The Libertarian Paradise

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Somalia was notorious for having no significant government. As a result, it was rife with piracy, violence and human rights violations. Why didn't libertarianism spontaneously arise? Instead, a federal government has arisen. Maybe the people of Somalia's experience with no government shows why government is desirable.

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Regulation Vacation Celebration! [More...]
Andy Cobb's one-minute Youtube send-up of libertarian anti-government looniness. Somalia, the libertarian paradise!
Somalia (RationalWiki) [More...]
"For some reason, Ayn Rand fans and libertarians have been slow to flock to this paradise of free individuals with guns, able to negotiate their lives without the dead foot of the State on their necks (although some have praised it from the safety of the Internet)."
Stateless in Somalia, and Loving It [More...]
The Mises Institute praises The Law of the Somalis, written by Michael van Nottenthat. It claims Somalia is now a country based on customary law. As if customary law is any less restrictive or harmful than laws created by governments. Slavery, we must remember, was customary law before all else.
Tears for Somalia's Baby Soldiers [More...]
Somalia now has a huge problem of child soldiers.
The "No True Libertarianism" fallacy [More...]
This is a variation of the "no true Scotsman" fallacy, used to dismiss inconvenient examples. Libertarians cannot explain why there has never been a libertarian society, and find excuses to explain that existing small governments are not "true libertarianism". The real reason is that libertarianism, like communism, is contrary to human nature.

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