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Blindsided by Jonathan Gifford

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Rights, Rents and Total Democracy

When groups of people find themselves in situations where they are beyond the reach of the law — when they embark on a dangerous journey together across the ocean or the desert, or find themselves looking for some precious resource in the wilderness along with several of their equally hopeful, greedy and selfish fellow men and women — what tends to break out is not anarchy but a surprising degree of law and order. A kind of total democracy arises, as people come together, draw up the rules by which they want to abide, and administer their own justice where necessary. What, in general, does not happen is that people — like some collection of vicious pirates — fight and squabble amongst themselves until only one ...

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