Rev Austrian Econ (2017) 30:259–261 DOI 10.1007/s11138-016-0339-y Peter T. Leeson, Anarchy unbound: Why self-governance works better than you think New York, NY: Cambridge studies in economics, choice, and society, 2014. xi + 256. USD 27.99 (paperback) 1,2,3 Richard A. Epstein Published online: 17 February 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016 In the midst of today’s uncritical intellectual infatuation with big government, it is somewhat heartening to read a book that veers off in the opposite direction. Peter T. Leeson does not pull his punches. In Anarchy Unbound, he advocates in principled terms a huge switch in perspective toward rejecting any form of centralized government. But his subtitle shows that even he is aware of the risk of pushing a good thing too far. He explains why “Self-Governance Works Better than You Think.” In fact, he makes good on this claim, given the low expectations that most people have for anarchy. But ironically his claim is not strong enough. The ultimate issue is not whether anarchy works better than we think. It is whether it works better than some traditional form of government that in Max Weber’s famous phrase, to which Leeson pays much attention, gives one group of
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