January 1999

Disconnecting Law And Order

Originally published January 24, 1999 on the SWORG SWILL[an exchange on anachronistic metabolism] f course the relative absence of laws and law-enforcers does not mean the absence of control or of social order. But when we speak of the inevitability of hierarchy, or of law, we have to remember that neither hierarchy nor law can historically be shown to bear much relationship to social harmony and order. Crash responds—true there was not the organized law forces in the Wild West of America's infancy—but law was still enforced by those who were able to divvy up the cash to hire people...

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