Everyone Is an Anarchist, Sometimes

Ben Powell makes a great point:

Consider Cambodia in the late 1970s. The Khmer Rouge government intentionally killed more than two million of its own citizens. That’s an average of eight percent of the population killed each year while government simultaneously inflicted countless other horrors. Do you think the Cambodian people, faced with that government, would have been better off with no government at all? Congratulations. You are, sometimes, an anarchist.
When a state is as purely predatory as it was in Cambodia and many other places during the 20th century, even a worst-case Hobbesian war of all against all would seem more humane.
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