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Anarchy and Legal Order: Law and Politics for a Stateless Society

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This book elaborates and defends the idea of law without the state. Animated by a vision of peaceful, voluntary cooperation as a social ideal and building on a careful account of non-aggression, it features a clear explanation of why the state is illegitimate, dangerous, and unnecessary. It proposes an understanding of how law enforcement in a stateless society could be legitimate and what the optimal substance of law without the state might be, suggests ways in which a stateless legal order could foster the ...

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Overview

This book elaborates and defends the idea of law without the state. Animated by a vision of peaceful, voluntary cooperation as a social ideal and building on a careful account of non-aggression, it features a clear explanation of why the state is illegitimate, dangerous, and unnecessary. It proposes an understanding of how law enforcement in a stateless society could be legitimate and what the optimal substance of law without the state might be, suggests ways in which a stateless legal order could foster the growth of a culture of freedom, and situates the project it elaborates in relation to leftist, anti-capitalist, and socialist traditions.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Anarchism’s case, against the state and for the viability and desirability of a polycentric legal order, receives its most challenging and detailed articulation in Chartier’s book."
—Hillel Steiner, FBA
Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Manchester

"Those who defend the legitimacy of the state (even a minimal one) will be forced to reconsider their views by Gary Chartier’s clear, sparkling, and trenchant defense of anarchism. This is required reading, not only within the libertarian movement, but by anyone who works in political philosophy."
—Fernando R. Tesón
Tobias Simon Eminent Scholar and Professor of Law, Florida State University

"Anarchy and Legal Order is one of the most important books of libertarian political theory to be published in the last forty years. Libertarians have long appealed to the natural law tradition, but no one has done so with the depth and sophistication of Gary Chartier. And no one has done a better job of showing how the insights of libertarian natural law theory can help us see the ways in which real-world capitalism has been deeply unjust."
—Matt Zwolinski
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of San Diego

"Gary Chartier’s book brings together the natural law and anarchist traditions in ways that are illuminating for both. It illustrates the richness of the natural law approach to ethics, using it to make a compelling case for a stateless society. The book is original, insightful and closely argued. It will help to cement Chartier’s growing reputation as a leader in natural law and anarchist thought."
—Jonathan Crowe
Associate Professor, University of Queensland

"This book is a major contribution to debates on the status of anarchism. It deftly combines moral justification with a concern for institutional practicality and bridges the divide between socialist and libertarian standpoints. One of the very best books on the subject I have ever encountered."
—Mark Pennington
Professor of Public Policy and Political Economy, King’s College, London

“Chartier takes the insight that there can be law without legislation and develops it into a manifesto, a vision of what socialism could have and should have been: socialism that does not pander to the urge to run other people’s lives. Chartier finds kindred spirits across a wide array of traditions, yet the synthesis that emerges is all his own. Anarchist it is, but this is the anarchism of a humanist, not a terrorist, a deeply thoughtful anarchism unlike anything yet seen.”
—David Schmidtz
Kendrick Professor of Philosophy, joint Professor of Economics (by courtesy), and Director of the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom, University of Arizona

“Chartier’s book is well written, thought provoking, and a welcome addition to the literature. It takes a public choice assumption about how the State works to its own benefit to its logical extreme, and comes to the conclusion that the State is not justified. James Buchanan (1975, p. 3) wrote, “To the individualist, the ideal or utopian world is necessarily anarchistic in some basic philosophical sense.” Anarchy and Legal Order provides an outline of these ideals offering both moral and practical support for anarchism.” -Edward P. Stringham, Fayetteville State University, Public Choice

"[Chartier’s] arguments are laid out with such elegance and precision that any intelligent lay reader should be able to understand them. For most people, the only real challenge will be to their presuppositions and long-held beliefs about the nature of government… Anarchy and Legal Order is an impressive contribution to libertarian thought generally, and in particular to the ongoing debates on anarchism versus minarchism and on libertarianism’s place vis-a-vis the left/right dichotomy. It’s a must-read for those interested in political philosophy, and it may well challenge readers’ long-held beliefs about the nature of government.” -Aeon J. Skoble, Bridgewater State University, Reason Foundation

"Gary Chartier's new book is anything if not radical...Austrian scholars of all persuasions will benefit immensely from engaging with its arguments and the intellectual precedent it creates" -Paul Dragos Aligica, George Mason University, The Review of Austrian Economics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107661615
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 434
  • Sales rank: 977,625
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Chartier is Professor of Law and Business Ethics and Associate Dean of the Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University in Riverside, California. He is the author of Economic Justice and Natural Law (2009), The Conscience of an Anarchist (2011) and The Analogy of Love (2007), as well as the co-editor (with Charles W. Johnson) of Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty (2011).

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Table of Contents

1. Laying foundations; 2. Rejecting aggression; 3. Safeguarding cooperation; 4. Enforcing law; 5. Rectifying injury; 6. Liberating society; 7. Situating liberation.

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