[ExI] Critarchy

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Mon Apr 21 12:40:05 UTC 2008

On 20/04/2008, Rafal Smigrodzki <rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com> wrote:

>  > I don't see how you could allow courts without allowing everything
>  > else that you don't like about government.
>  ### Too little time to address this very interesting issue at length
>  (I am on call and consults are piling up) but I would suggest you
>  investigate "critarchy". You will find some references on the web.

The web references (most spell it with a "k") often refer to Somalia.
I must admit, it is exciting if such an impoverished, war-damaged
country can make a go of anarchism:


And from the Wikipedia article on Kritarchy:

"Under kritarchy even courts of law, police forces and other
organizations that look after the day-to-day business of maintaining
law, are denied any power, privilege or immunity that is not in
conformity with natural law.


That all sounds fine, but it begs the question, who decides what is
natural law and what if I don't agree with the decision?

Stathis Papaioannou

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