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Does responding to climate change risks REQUIRE government? by TokyoTom

A reader of Bob Murphy` s recent post on climate science - " TokyoTom Moving the Goalposts? " - queried my views on whether perceptions of climate change problems themselves justified a need to establish government. I copy below my response...

Jared Diamond: Those in stateless societies "enjoy" lives that are murderous and short by TokyoTom

Jared Diamond has an interesting essay at the current issue of New Yorker, " Vengeance Is Ours ", that is worth considering. In the essay, Diamond not only describes the moral and political economy of cycles of personal and inter-tribal vengeance...