The Myth of National Defense

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The Myth of National Defense is a book edited by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, published in 2003 by the Ludwig von Mises Institute,[1] and contributed to by various anarcho-capitalist and libertarian authors, about the merits of replacing government defense agencies with private defense agencies.[2] Hoppe himself argues that it is dangerous to give monopoly power over the use of force to any entity, as there is then nothing to prevent it from being abused. The chapter by Larry J. Sechrest argues that privateering provides historical examples of how private defense forces were actually superior to government naval forces in many ways, including the well-being of the sailors; the less destructive nature of this sort of conflict; etc. Contrasting the book to Hoppe's Democracy: The God That Failed, Andy Duncan, notes, "Its one drawback is that it does lack the organic unity of the Professor's earlier book on democracy, mainly because he failed to write the whole thing himself."[3]

Table of contents[edit]

  • Introduction by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
  • Section 1 – State-Making and War-Making
  • Section 2 – Government Forms, War, and Strategy
  • Section 3 – Private Alternatives to State Defense and Warfare
    • Chapter 6 – Mercenaries, Guerrillas, Militias, and the Defense of Minimal States and Free Societies by Joseph R. Stromberg
    • Chapter 7 – Privateering and National Defense: Naval Warfare for Private Profit by Larry J. Sechrest
    • Chapter 8 – The Will to be Free: The Role of Ideology in National Defense by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
    • Chapter 9 – National Defense and the Theory of Externalities, Public Goods, and Clubs by Walter Block
    • Chapter 10 – Government and the Private Production of Defense by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
    • Chapter 11 – Secession and the Production of Defense by de:Jörg Guido Hülsmann

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ISBN 9780945466376; OCLC 53401048
  2. ^ The National Defense Myth, review by Lew Rockwell
  3. ^ National Defense, articles from a libertarian anarchist perspective, Libertarian Nation

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