To the People

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Finally, an Anarcho-Capitalist Solution to the Problem of People Letting Their Dogs Poop Everywhere

Just like government-run health care and education, socialized justice is often expensive and of poor quality, and allocation of scarce resources is determined by politics and who has access to power. In a total free market you could hire your own protection agency or take matters into your own hand. I've always found the "street justice" part of anarcho-capitalism, or at least Murray Rothbard's articulation of it, to be rather scary. I'm not comforted by the fact that two brothers who beat me to death because they mistakenly think I raped and killed their sister will be sentenced to death if a jury concludes (after the fact) that they killed the wrong guy. On the other hand, there are many crimes that government police agencies won't prosecute - such as fecal terrorism, whereby dog owners let their dogs poop in other people's lawns. Fecal terrorism is gross and I would love the freedom to be able to rub the dog owner's face in it. Or I could take a more passive-aggressive approach, like kidnapping my neighbor's Jesus statue and holding it hostage until she starts curbing her dogs. See the news story below.

I say problem solved. I'm starting to like street justice.