I am too lazy to write much more on Somalia right now (you can always check out my latest piece again if you are really itching for something satisfying), so I have compiled a list of great pieces I have read over the past couple days on Somalia, Anarchy, and the idea that post-colonial states ought to fail more often than not.
Jeffrey Herbst and Greg Mills argue over in Foreign Policy that the Congolese state needs to fail if the region is to ever know peace again.
Over in the New York Times, Alex de Waal argues along the same lines that I have: that Somalia as it stands is a bad idea, and that much more decentralization is needed for it to effectively flourish.
The Mises Institute has two wonderful articles (one by an anthropologist and one by a lawyer) on why anarchy has been great for Somalia, despite the government interventions imposed upon the Somalis by the West over the past two decades (and, really, much longer than that, but I digress).
Political Economist Chris Blattman raises the flag of caution, though. How do we really know that more states will be better for the people living in these regions?
Co-editor Fred Foldvary defends anarchism’s good name after the (government-initiated) looting in Iraq.
And last but not least, Cato Unbound, one of my favorite places to visit, had an excellent symposium on anarchism awhile back (like, 5 years ago). Here is Pete Leeson’s lead essay, in which Somalia is specifically used to illustrate his points. Be sure to read the responses of the other members in the exchange, too.
Have a great weekend, and have fun with all the reading! One of the things that really bothers me is the example of Somalia that is thrown out in favor of government over liberty. I really hate having to take the time to explain to people that the problems in Somalia are created by the government! It’s like screaming at a brick wall…