Anarchism: Vignettes Against Hobbes

This is a story about medieval Maghribi merchants, Kalahari San Bushmen, American ranchers, Arctic Inuits, Pygmies, The Semai, and Wisconsin businessmen. For people wanting more stories like these you should read Elinor Ostrom’s “Governing the Commons”. She was the first woman to win the Nobel prize in economics, and her work focuses on non-state and non-market ways of managing natural resources, namely by self-management by all the people using that resource. Her book gives a bunch of examples of how it’s more optimal for people to work together and solve problems face to face rather than resorting to the legality of private property rights or state intervention in the matters.

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