Most children in North America learn at an early age that the "Thirteen Colonies" revolted in and after eight long hard years won their independence with the Treaty of Paris in What most of us weren't taught is that the British actually founded 14 colonies on the Atlantic coastline of North America.
Posted on November 13, by Scott Alexander I. Medieval Icelandic crime victims would sell the right to pursue a perpetrator to the highest bidder. Somali judges compete on the free market; those who give bad verdicts get a reputation that drives away future customers.
Law is a public good. If you steal my gold, I have some interest in catching you and taking it back, but no more than I do in catching some other poor shmuck and taking his gold. This is the classic situation where economists usually recommend government intervention.
Maybe you live in an area like Somalia or medieval Ireland without a strong centralized government. Gypsies living scattered in foreign countries have generally wanted to run their own communities by their own rules.
But something does stop them from trying to enforce them: So the Vlach Rom — Romanian Gypsies — organize courts called kris which enforce their sentences with threat of banishment from the community. Kris courts can declare the worst offenders polluted, ensuring their speedy ostracization from Gypsy society.
And since non-Gypsies are polluted by default, the possibility of ostracism and forced integration into non-Gypsy society will seem intolerable: The effectiveness of that threat [of ostracism] depends on how easily the exiled gypsy can function outside of his community.
It follows that they are all polluted, unclean, carriers of a contagious disease, people whom no Rom in his right mind would willingly choose to associate with; when and if such association is unavoidable it must be taken with great care.
The gypsy view of gaije, reinforced by the gaije view of gypsies as uneducated and illiterate thieves and swindlers, eliminates the exit option and so empowers the kris to enforce gypsy law by the threat of exclusion from the only tolerable human society. Amish also live under the authority of a foreign culture and have settled on a similar system, with a twist.
The basic unit of Amish society is the church congregation; Amish settlements big enough to support multiple churches will have many congregations mixed together. Amish congregations are nominally democratic, but in practice Friedman calls them dictatorship-like because everyone votes the way the bishop wants.
This makes it a rare remaining example of a polycentric legal system outside anarcho-capitalist fantasies or Too Like The Lightning: Such a system can be viewed as a competitive market for legal rules, constrained, like other competitive markets, to produce about the product that the customers want.
Competitive dictatorship is the mechanism we routinely use to control hotels and restaurants; the customers have no vote on what color the walls are painted or what is on the menu, but an absolute vote on which one they patronize.
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In his essay “Self-Reliance,” how does Ralph Waldo Emerson define individualism, and how, in his view, can it affect society? Understanding. As Donald Trump settles into the White House, elites in the political class are beginning to recognize that democracy is not necessarily a permanent state of political organization.
“Donald Trump’s candidacy is the first time American politics has left me truly afraid,” . The trouble with the average lifestyle today is that it becomes so easy for us to disassociate ourselves from the spiritual. We exercise, we go to counseling for our relationship problems, we read to beef up on current news, industry jargon and intellectual concepts – but we tend to neglect our spirituality.