Political theory that rejects governmental authority and advocates laissez-faire capitalism

Anarcho-capitalism is a political philosophy and school of anarchist thought that advocates the elimination of centralized state dictum in favor of self-ownership, private property and free markets. Anarcho-capitalists hold that in the absence of statute (law by arbitrary autocratic decrees, or bureaucratic legislation swayed by transitory political special interest groups), society tends to contractually self-regulate and civilize through the spontaneous and organic discipline of the free market (in what its proponents describe as a "voluntary society").


Anarcho-Capitalism: An Annotated Bibliography, by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, 31 Dec 2001
"... essential reading on anarcho-capitalism, which might also be called the natural order, private-property anarchy, ordered anarchy, radical capitalism, the private-law society, or society without a state. ... Rothbard and Austro-Libertarianism ... Alternative Approaches ... Precursors ... Congenial Writings"
Do You Consider Yourself a Libertarian?, by Lew Rockwell, Kenny Johnsson, 25 May 2007
Interview by Kenny Johnsson for "The Liberal Post" blog
"It was the great insight of Murray Rothbard that ... private ownership and the law that support it are natural, while the state is artificial. So he was an anarchist in this sense but to avoid confusion he used the term anarcho-capitalist. This doesn't mean that he favored somehow establishing a capitalist system in place of the state. What he said is that capitalism is the de facto result in a civilized society without a state."
Friedman, David (1945-), by Bryan Caplan, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
Biographical essay
"Politically, he is an advocate of the radical libertarian position known as 'anarcho-capitalism,' arguing that even the limited functions of the night-watchman state (police, courts, law, and punishment) can and should be privately supplied. ... Friedman's academic and popular interests interact in a number of ways. Most notably, his academic research on the political economy of medieval Iceland has provided anarcho-capitalists with arguably the best historical example of their preferred social system."
Related Topic: David D. Friedman
Mafia Movies, by Murray Rothbard, The Rothbard-Rockwell Report, Nov 1990
Contrasts The Godfather's I and II with Goodfellas
"Organized crime is essentially anarcho-capitalist, a productive industry struggling to govern itself; apart from attempts to monopolize and injure competitors, it is productive and non-aggressive. ... street violence embodies the ideal of left-anarchism: since it constitutes an assault on the rights of person and property ..."
Related Topic: The Godfather
Market Anarchism: Are You Guys Crazy, or Just Nuts?, by Stefan Molyneux, 12 Jun 2006
"'Market anarchism' is a broad term referring to the theory that voluntary free market relationships can - and should - replace all existing coercive state relationships. It is derived from taking the principle of the non-initiation of force to its ultimate conclusion, and accepting that if using violence is wrong for one person, then it is wrong for every person."
Robert Nozick, Philosopher of Liberty, by Roderick T. Long, The Freeman, Sep 2002
Focuses mainly on Nozick's contributions in Anarchy, State, and Utopia, with brief reference to his later works and his death earlier in 2002
"Nozick sought to defend the minimal state–that is, a state 'limited to the functions of protecting all its citizens against violence, theft, and fraud, and to the enforcement of contracts' (p. 26)–not only against those who want something more, but also against those who want something less. ASU therefore includes a critique of 'anarcho-capitalism,' the ultra-libertarian position that the legislative, judicial, and police functions hitherto monopolized by government should be open to competition among private 'protection agencies.'"


The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism
    by David D. Friedman, 1973
Partial contents: I: In Defense of Property - II: Libertarian Grab Bag or How to Sell the State in Small Pieces - III: Anarchy is not Chaos - Socialism, Limited Government, Anarchy, and Bikinis - IV: For Libertarians—An Expanded Postscript


Walter Block Is an Anarchist, by Walter Block, The Lew Rockwell Show, 28 Jul 2009
Lew asks Block whether he is an anarchist and they discuss various books and articles that cover the topic

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