Talk:Stateless society

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I think this redirect is wrong. Society is not identical with nation. Stateless society could also refer to 'anarchy'. Tamira C. 23:39, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

I concur that this redirect is wrong. I removed it earlier, but it has apparently been reverted for some reason. Please come discuss things before doing that again. Tiger Khan (talk) 18:18, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

Somalia as a Stateless Society[edit]

The Ludwig von Mises article is entitled "The Rule of Law Without the State" and is discussing Somalia. It repeatedly shows how social norms (e.g. Xeer law) and financial incentives maintain a society without a central state, the definition of a stateless society. If you have a valid criticism of this idea, please state it here before simply making your same edit again. Tiger Khan (talk) 04:24, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

The Ludvig von Mises article entitled "The Rule of Law Without the State" is not what you keep reverting to. You keep reverting to this article entitled "In Somalia, Those Who Feed Off Anarchy Fuel It". The latter article only discusses southern Somalia/Mogadishu, mentions Somalia's current albeit ineffectual federal government, and never identifies Somalia as stateless; it just says that it was anarchic. That said, the admittedly very interesting Ludvig von Mises article is something you're mentioning here on this talk page for the first time. The article basically argues that since the outbreak of the civil war in 1991, Somalis have gone back to a traditional form of rule, and that this kritarchy (xeer) has worked much better for them than the impotent federal system of governance. Thus, if we're going to assert that Somalia was perhaps for a good number of years stateless, we must also at the very least mention that it did have a functioning informal system of government in place. And this traditional form of rule actually economically out-performed both Somalia's previous state administration as well as those of allegedly more prosperous neighboring countries with centralized governments. Middayexpress (talk) 11:53, 30 January 2009 (UTC)
The version I kept reverting it to actually had both sources. In any case, the whole point of a stateless society is one in which the auspices of society are controlled by something other than government, usually a combination of capitalism and social norms (or communistic ideals and social norms, as was more seen in Spain). Thus, "informal government" is pretty much what stateless society is all about. The Xeer law has no overarching enforcement body, just the will of the people to follow it. As for economic outperformance, it's hard to quantify, but it seems quite possible, although it's irrelevant to this article. If you want to talk about that, I'd suggest leaving the "See also" link to anarchy in Somalia, which does discuss that. Tiger Khan (talk) 22:08, 30 January 2009 (UTC)
Of course the fact that Somalia was for a time without a functioning, centralized government yet still managed to sustain an economy that outperformed both its own previous economy under a state government as well as those of neighboring countries with state governments is relevant to this article. In fact, it's about as relevant to this article as that famous article from the Ludvig von Mises specialists on the Austrian School of economics (or this other article) since the latter is almost entirely about how Somalia managed to not only survive, but to actually thrive without a centralized administration. Unless the purpose of this article is to create the misimpression that every state (Somalia in particular) that functions without a traditional government is a failure, Wikipedia's NPOV and undue weight policies specify that all significant viewpoints should be aired and without bias. Middayexpress (talk) 22:49, 30 January 2009 (UTC)
This article is about the concept of a stateless society. It is not about talking about whether stateless societies are better than societies with strong states, etc. Nowhere in this article does it reference Somalia as a failed state or say that an economy functions better or worse in a stateless society. Ergo, we do not need to talk about Somalian economic growth as there is no undue weight (or any weight at all) being put on the idea that Somalia is (or was) a failed state. Tiger Khan (talk) 23:15, 30 January 2009 (UTC)


Don't communists want a stateless society as well? Shouldn't it be included in the article? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:06, 31 October 2009 (UTC)

Stateless marxism??? What a huge paradox! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:38, 19 April 2010 (UTC)


There doesn't seem to be an organized list of citations or references in this article. I was looking through it for a paper and I had wanted to verify the information here with the appropriate sources, especially for the Anarchist section. Only the Marxist Interpretation section cites its sources, and even so they aren't noted at the end of the article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:17, 17 May 2010 (UTC)

I have tried to improve the article as I found it, in a scientific sense, as I am writing a book which includes this topic. But I am not going to give everything away for free. You are going to have to put in some effort yourself and search wikipedia some more User:Jurriaan 3:18 28 May 2010 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

Removal of OR[edit]

This article needs to be totally rewritten using reliable sources. I've started by removing an enormous quantity of unsourced original research. I'm very sorry if someone is attached to this content (it seems like they've put a lot of time into writing it), but both the content and writing style are unencyclopedic and don't discuss the issues focused on in scholarly works on anthropology and political science. Please don't re-add any of the deleted content, unless you can provide reliable sources to back the assertions.-- Jrtayloriv (talk) 04:38, 9 January 2011 (UTC)

Modern examples[edit]

Shouldn't there be some mention of stateless mass-societies in modern times here? More specifically, I'm thinking of the Free Territory, Anarchist Catalonia and the Shinmin region in Manchuria. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bricklayer (talkcontribs) 18:18, 25 June 2011 (UTC)

Modern Somalia is also a good example. Robofish (talk) 19:38, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
Actually, modern Somalia isn't a good example (though it perhaps was in the early 1990s to the mid-2000s). This is because, besides its autonomous northern regions (which have always had state governments), there is now also a Transitional Federal Government in place. Established in 2004, it has been making progressive advances against the Islamist insurgency in the southern part of the country, and now controls all of the capital Mogadishu. All the examples of stateless societies, like those cited above, seem to be historical. Middayexpress (talk) 19:58, 25 October 2011 (UTC)


i am currently translating this article to french and more i advance in it, more i think it is kinda original research (OR). most of the article seems to be analysis or synthesis of the sources.

the 2 first paragraphs of the prehistoric section seems to be OR, then the citation is interresting, but is analized in the next paragraph without any references, but the counter-example of the tatar state. the next paragraph is also a counter exemple, analysing the source given at the end of it (i added a link to the text of the book, it is quite long but no page is given in the reference, so it is quite useless).

the two next paragraphs about possehl's research and Çatal Höyük and Jericho settelments are interresting, but the last paragraph speaks about statism, not stateless societies (or rather how they've been pushed out).

the last section about social and economic organization is interesting, but rather scarce.

the link to the category of "communism" (ie. marxism-leninism) has nothing to do in this article i think, "communism" has always been very, very far from the stateless communist socity that was planned in marx's theories.

maybe a part of the article could be made on american indians (before européean conquest and also the tribes not yet discovered), like the piaroa in venezuela or maybe the inuit in greenland and on indonesian/new guinea indigenous tribes living far away from civilization. regards, Ѕÿϰדα×₮ɘɼɾ๏ʁ You talkin' to me? 04:58, 16 August 2012 (UTC)

"Stateless society"[edit]

FYI the purpose of this article is being discussed at talk:Anarchy -- (talk) 02:44, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

Sources for the map in this article[edit]