Source: The Art of Not Being Governed

Let us kick up the imagination machine and say that there is the land of Purple and the land of Green.

Purple is a free land. They don’t have a State as it is commonly understood. Instead, they have interlocking market institutions that provide the services of dispute resolution, protection, and insurance.

The land of Green is in the grips of an iron-fisted dictator. General Green is like Hitler or Stalin. Cross him and you sleep with the fishes.

army menFor the Green government, the Green/Purple border is a major problem. Purple people will sell anything to anyone. Everyone is armed, and they refuse to acknowledge the border, let alone enforce the idea that the Green people belong to the Green nation.  Most Purple people can’t be bothered past that.  They don’t like that the government in the land of Green uses torture, fear, and murder to enforce its rule.

However, there are some Purple people who seem to take delight in breaking Green laws. They’ll smuggle contraband.  They’ll smuggle refugees. They smuggle each other for practice! The money is too good to pass up – the Greens will pay almost any price to escape, and will pay vastly inflated prices for goods which are difficult to find in the land of Green.

The Purples are always thinking of new ways to smuggle!  The Green government can capture and publicly execute one Purple smuggler and it seems like five more are motivated to take up the practice! The Purple people smuggle ideas and guns. The Green secret police start to lose agents to Purple smugglers and Green resisters. Those that remain are forced to spend ever-increasing amounts of time and resources watching each other.

The harder General Green pushes the Purples, the more creative they become.

Green refugees in the Purple land start working hard to fund more smuggling and resistance activities.   General Green sends assassins but since everyone is armed, killing green refugees is a dangerous proposition.

It seems like everything General Green does just encourages more anger and resistance from the Purple people and their new Green friends.

So General Green starts lining up tanks along the border. He’s going to invade. ….Continue reading original article – Stateless National Defense: A Fable.