Wednesday, August 22, 2007

God and Anarchy?

Does anarchy get too bad a rap? Wretchard at the Belmont Club undertakes a somewhat thick synthesis and reflection on what look like two interesting articles.

The two articles under consideration are excellent and deserve examination in their own right:
The Politics of God, by Mark Lillain the NYT (long!)
Anarchy Unbound, by Peter Leeson at Cato Unbound


David Nybakke said...

Great article Porthos. Could the theory of Distributism fit in here?

Porthos said...

I was wondering the same thing, especially about the anarchism article. The NYT piece, on the other hand, is a challenging mini-book on theo-politics, secular statism, etc--still digesting it . . .

Athos said...

Tolkien, while not claiming on record any espousal of Distributism, was a thoroughgoing Pope's man (including, therefore, Leo XIII's Rerum novarum). And he (JRRT) said,

"My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) -- or to 'unconstitutional' Monarchy ..." [Letter to Christopher Tolkien, 29 Nov 1943].

Food for thought.