Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 10 years ago

Is Somalia an extreme example of an anarchist free market capitailst economy?

They have no taxes or government intervention into business, and everything is privatized (including the army)... LOL

Productivity is high due to drug and slave trading, and a highly efficient weapons trade.

There is no functioning central government, only war lords that rule over different regions based on free enterprise and private ownership of the land.

Poor people don't look for handouts, instead they take the initiative and enter the piracy business, which is also completely unregulated.

9 Answers

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Yes. But Western institutions like the World Bank and IMF keep them that way by disallowing them from building any government bureaucracy to provide basic services (like police). It's a condition of most international loans that the country implement neoliberal tenets of slashed government programs and as much trade deregulation as possible, which always favors Western business in the current global market.

    You'd like Patrick Bond's _Looting Africa_.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    If the state monopolizes the services of law and police and then collapses, so do those services. The chaos resulting from a collapsed state is not proof that you needed the state in the first place.

    That said, there is a weak government in Somalia: the Transitional Federal Government, backed by the US, UN, and African Union. The Ethiopians have also been involved, as well as the Islamic Courts Union which is funded by Islamic states for the purpose of imposing Sharia Law in Somalia. The warlords are just fledgling governments without the propaganda. Most of Somalia remains stateless, however.

    There are still a lot of problems in Somalia, but without a central state most Somalis have been better off. Somalia has improved in 15 of 18 economic indicators regarding standard of living since the collapse of the state. Life expectancy has increased, there is more access to health facilities, infant mortality has dropped, civil liberties have improved, and extreme poverty has dropped. After the dissolution of government, 400 000 Somali refugees returned from Ethiopia to their homes. Widespread violence had mostly vanished by 1994 and fewer people die from violence in Somalia than in neighbouring countries with governments. Many areas of Somalia have greater security than they did under the government and are relatively peaceful. More towns have electricity, and the availability of luxury goods like radios and televisions has increased; Somalia now has some of the best telecommunications in Africa. There are more schools with higher enrollment and improved achievement levels over state schools.

    So to answer the question: sort of. There's still some interference, but things are actually getting better. Somalia is doing much better than most other countries in Africa.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Very few must have read this questions and very few answered it though I am also among them a citizen of America before an Indian as we cannot stay a citizen of two countries because being American resident we are no more Indian but we can visit our mother land for ever and are free to live there too loosing all benefits if we stay longer I think , Every body loves peace and hate a place where there is no security . when I see terrorism is a global problem every body should play his or her role . When Malala a muslim girl can fight for education of girls ,when a child wants his or her freedom a terrorist lives in terror and not free from its consequences ,a day would come when people would come forward to wipe it from human minds but it is too late already , there are so many means of destruction to wipe whole humanity if necessary action is not taken sooner . I am too small to take any action ,but all kind of violent films should be removed from media so that we do not have access to them through any means . People can rent these kinds of movies for couple bucks and get up to fight with family members then to next neighbor then at work then somewhere at shopping mall ,then wherever he does not think right triggered by media and resources he can access from cafes and star buck who give this freedom so easily . Then we try to calm the mind which is already bombarded with so much negative information all over the world .

  • 10 years ago

    Not really. It's the hellhole that's the end result of yet another failed communist government.

    Why is it that most of the completely destroyed countries left in a state of utter despair and disarray are the end results of what you socialists think should have been a workers paradise?


    The Republic of Somalia formerly known as the Somali Democratic Republic under communist rule. - Wikipedia (Apparently some of the kids don't believe it used to be communist, check the thumbs down)

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  • 10 years ago

    Somalia's government is too weak to perform the duty assigned to the government by the America's constitution: UPHOLD THE LAW (police and judiciary).

    Capitalism can not function without enforcement of contracts.

    = There is no functioning central government

    The straw, of which your straw-man is made, is rotting...

    = Poor people don't look for handouts

    They do, actually -- from the UN...

  • 10 years ago

    No, its called anarchy. There is no "anarchist free market".

    Read John Locke- a free market exists when there is a civil government strong enough to protect private property, but not too strong as to take it all away.

    This is like saying: "isn't the Soviet Union a prime example of a successful welfare state? I mean, it was a world power!"

  • 10 years ago

    Yes, this is the ultimate, unregulated, free-market society. Not such a great model, is it?

  • LG
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    Yep, it is the same system that the Tea Bag people want in the US.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Yes, conservatives will find ways of not answering this.

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