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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Why Ancapistan Won't Be Free of Politics: An Example

From Euronews, I learn that:

"Dalla Russia alla Cina cresce la fronda che si oppone alla carbon tax imposta a gennaio dall’Unione Europea, sulle emissioni di gas serra da parte delle compagnie aeree che attraversano i cieli del Vecchio continente."

So, the EU has imposed a carbon tax on flights over EU airspace, and China and Russia are refusing to pay. In fact, later in the article, you will find that China has forbidden any Chinese companies from paying the tax.

Yes, I know, these are all states fighting this out. But free your mind from its statist constraints, and imagine that Europe and Asia have gone completely ancap. Is there any reason to imagine that the same dispute could not arise? The ancap... insurance companies? private defense associations?... of Europe, believing global warming to be a serious threat, have voted to charge planes flying through "their" airspace for their carbon emissions. (And don't even try saying that voting itself is "statist": private entities vote all the time: corporate boards of directors, condo associations, NBA owners, chess federations, etc.) Meanwhile, the ancap associations in Russia and China believe that economic growth is much more important than obviating whatever threat global warming may pose, and reject this tax, and insist that the European ancaps do not really own the air above their property at all.

There are two possibilities for resolving this dispute: politics or war.

QED, either ancapistan will have frequent wars, or it will have politics.

NOTE: I am amused that Europeans consider where they live to be the "Vecchio continente," the "old continent," as if the land where Americans or Chinese live had simply popped into existence a few years ago.

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