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Bruce L. Benson

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Works Published inReview of Austrian Economics, Volumes 1-10Mises Daily ArticleThe Journal of Libertarian Studies

Benson is DeVoe L. Moore Professor and Distinguished Research Professor in Florida State University's Department of Economics.

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Customary Law With Private Means of Resolving Disputes and Dispensing Justice: A Description Of a Modern System of Law and Order Without State Coercion

Free MarketsLegal SystemPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
It is not actually possible to describe what a system of privately produced law and order would be like in modem society because one cannot describe what does not exist, and, more fundamentally, guesses based on historic privatized systems or current trends in privatization may miss the mark...


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Enforcement of Private Property Rights in Primitive Societies: Law without Government

Free MarketsOther Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and MethodologyPrivate Property

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
If law exists only where there are state-backed courts and codes, then every primitive society was lawless. Indeed, one widely held definition or "theory" of law is that "the rule of law simply means the 'existence of public order.' It means organized government, operating through the various...


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Guns for Protection, and Other Private Sector Responses to the Government's Failure to Control Crime

Free MarketsPrivate Property

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Several years ago, in an episode of "All in the Family ," Archie Bunker proposed a possible solution to the airline highjacking problem. He suggested that the government should arm all the passengers. Potential highjackers, fearing for their lives when confronted by a hundred or so armed...


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A Note on Corruption by Public Officials: The Black Market for Property Rights

Free MarketsInterventionismPrivate Property

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Illegal activities in the private sector arise because the market mechanism is not allowed to perform its allocative functions. Often when government action creates a shortage by preventing the sale of a good or service at a freely determined market price, there are some individuals in the private...


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