by Neville Kennard, veteran preaching and practising capitalist
In 1970 Morris and Linda Tannehill wrote a beautiful little book entitled The Market for Freedom (available in free PDF here). Karl Hess, wrote the Forward and in the edition I have Doug Casey wrote the Introduction. It is a little classic, just 169 pages of clear explanation of how everything we think government must or should do can be done without government.
Linda and Morris Tannehill are unknown outside of this under-appreciated classic, now in its third printing. Without once using the dreaded “A” word, the Tannehills look at all the usual questions about how individuals and a society can operate without an over-arching authority which has final say — without, in other words The State.
Police, courts, roads, national defence, crime and punishment, money-issue, diplomatic relations, and many more issues and questions are handled calmly and logically.
An interesting thing I continue to learn in reading and listening about The State not doing things, is that at some time in history The State did not do such things. Traders, cities, communities, countries, empires even, have had their own institutions and accepted practices that did not involve The State as the supreme ruler. Restitution has been accepted practice, private roads have always existed, private security, competing legal systems and courts, insurance for most all things, private philanthropy and charity, education as a Non-State function, for-profit libraries … you name it, at some time everything has been accomplished without a State Authority.
The Nation State, this construct we have got so used to and which it is hard to imagine living without, is a construct that came into full power in the twentieth century
The Twentieth Century brought enormous advances in health, in technology, in wealth and prosperity to many while also bringing the most horrid and destructive wars, ethnic cleansings, mass starvations and vile repressions of human rights.
How to have peace and prosperity without the wars and repressions that the modern Nation States seem to thrive on? This is the question curious minds can ponder. It is a fascinating and challenging intellectual journey, exploring the idea of “The Market for Freedom” and the Tannehills’ book is a good place to start.
- Welcome from Neville Kennard
- Think Tanks Don't Work
- "Market Failure": Just what the government ordered!
- The Tragedy of the Tax Pool Commons
- Corporate Welfare
- Citizenship for Sale?
- I Don't Vote
- Voting: Right or Privilege?
- Stockholm Syndrome and our Love-Hate Relationship with Government
- Civil Disobedience: The Rules of Engagement
- Should Respect for Law Extend to Bad Laws?
- Jaywalking as a Demonstration of Individuality
- Government Likes War
- Collusion is Our Right
- Why Not the Drug Olympics?
- Unconventional Wisdom
- Tiger Farming: An Alternative to Extinction
- Looking Backwards: Mont Pelerin Society Conference, Sydney, 2010
- Tax Avoidance is a Patriotic Duty
- Kennard Writes to IPA Review Editor
- Genocide by Welfare: A Tragedy from the Aboriginal Welfare Industry
- Separating Sport and State
- Your Home is Not an Investment
- Dick Smith, Celebrity Philanthropist
- A Libertarian's New Year's Resolution
- Extend Politicians' Holidays to Create Prosperity
- Entrepreneurs are Disruptive, and Bureaucrats Hate It
- What is a good Australian?
- Governments Like Employment But Hate Employers
- The Market Failure Industry
- Neville Kennard: The Tax Avoidance Imperative
- Wot if ...?
- The Tribal Chief and the Witch Doctor
- The Tannehills
- Democracy versus Property Rights and Prosperity
- Government Doesn't Work, and That's the Way They Like It
- Minarchy vs Anarchy
- Euthanasia and Self-Ownership
- The Right Policies to Fix a Depression
- Is Howard Our Best PM?
- Tax Producers vs Tax Consumers
- Where There's a Queue, There's a Business Opportunity
- Authoritarian Freedom
- Why Classical Liberals Should Debate Anarchocapitalists
- The Tyranny of the Majority
- If you could choose to whom you paid your tax
- Business Should Exploit Boat People
- The Immorality of Trade Unions
- "America" vs "The United States"
- Sweet Anarchy
- The Illusion of "Job Creation"
- Gold Is Money
- Guilty Capitalists
- Prosperity vs Growth
- Capitalism vs Democracy
- More people = More fun
- Self-Ownership - the very idea!
- Government will murder Neville Kennard if he doesn't back away
- The Australian Dollar Has Been Cowardly and Criminally Devalued, Harming the Poor Particularly
- Is Taxation Theft and Government a Tax Cheat?
- My Journey to Anarchy:
From political and economic agnostic to anarchocapitalist
- Government Needs Bad Guys –
that's why they like wars
- What Is Obscene?
- Traffic Economics
- Wayne Swan stands on the shoulders of other intellectual pygmies
- Neville Kennard Obituary