: : : http://www.economic.net/somalia/ a rosy alternative
: Couldn't get it to work...
SDF: Me neither.
: : SDF: Anarcho-capitalism is a phony ideal through and through. Capitalist competition needs government to make sure the competitors don't get out of hand. Without it, capitalist competition will always degenerate into a regime of theft and syndicates. There is something to the possiblity of socialism, though its realization is far far away.
: Lets not forget that thorny issue of how many can exist without the state, we've yet to here a convincing argument on that one yet. Still waiting.
SDF: Plenty of businesses can operate without the state, they just offer protection as one of their line of products. This is what they do in that other great anarcho-capitalist paradise, Russia. From the report of the Center for Strategic and International Studies on "Russian Organized Crime":
When a business comes "under the roof" of a Russian organized crime group, it is not always viewed as a clear case of extortion. Often, the krysha (referring to the protection services offered by such groups) offers a range of services. The busienss can expect to be defended from other racketeers, including corrupt law enforcement; effective technical and guard protection of property; debt collection; asssistance with customs clearances; legal and business advice from an adroit "legal staff"; and banking privileges at criminal-controlled banks. (Note that when these folks call a business "criminal-controlled" it must be taken with a grain of salt, since according their own estimates 71% of the banks break the law. Law is not important in today's Russia.)
So it sounds to me like business is thriving in Russia, though of course the Russian economy is shrinking quite a bit at present. Also see John Gray's "Anarcho-capitalism in post-communist Russia," pp. 133-165 of his book FALSE DAWN.