The State’s cultural dominance has left us largely blind to institutions of NON-STATE Governance and order. These institutions are completely voluntary. They don’t initiate force or use criminal means. They serve rather than rule. These forms include . . .
- The family
- Contractual covenants
- Professional societies that set standards
- Testing agencies like Underwriter’s Laboratory that provide industry regulation
- Security firms
- Review systems such as AAA, Yelp, Angie’s List, the Better Business Bureau, and on and on and on.
Society is rich in non-state institutions of governance and order. And if we expand the idea of order to include social services or charities, then institutions of non-state governance becomes truly vast. These kinds of institutions — legitimate governments — will be the foundation of a ZAP-based society.
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