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    I would suggest that the early 19th c. markets had the state apparatus serving them, but I take your point.

    (In fact, in the U.K., capitalism had to remove numerous laws that protected the poor to make those "markets." The one I've read most about is the loss of the corn laws of Edward III that had ensured that the poor got first crack at wheat in market sales. These had to be eliminated, along with local market days, to get to The Market, where nation-sized lumps would move through few hands with gigantic margins and could "maximize profits" by ignoring people.)

    I was trying to take a swipe at the mythos of the libertarians. They keep making cut-out dolls of John Locke, and they get his thought experiment of the social contract and treat it as if he were an eye witness of some history that needs to be recovered. If I'm going to chase a Land of Cockaygne for economic society, I'd far rather it be a stoner's version of primitive communism than some aggression junkie's Belle Isle.

    Everyone is innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 07:32:15 PM PDT

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