The 'A' is for Anarcho-Capitalism

The A-team

hide captionThe A-team, "an example of an anarchistic creativity, but certainly of the capitalist version, not the leftist one."

I spent last night in awe of Aaron Sorkin once again. His new show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, is absolutely brilliant — from the Network-like diatribe to the fantastic character introductions. Truly great television. I give it six weeks.

But I stumbled across this today on the Mises Economic Blog. It is a quite serious — no, really — anarcho-capitalist analysis of The A-Team, one of the great shows of another era. I cannot do it justice, so I'll just take this tiny quote:

Clearly the A-team is an example of an anarchistic creativity, but certainly of the capitalist version, not the leftist one. The crew's actions are based on the advanced division of labor — it concerns both the internal organization, and the external, since the A-team obviously uses the external market in order to achieve its results. The clients are mostly people who are not good in the production of security, but instead devote their time to producing something else. With earned income they hire people with comparative advantage, the A-team, to protect their rightful property and lives.

It goes on... and on. Definitely worth reading. Although I do question their analysis of the free-rider problem.

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