Yesterday, I lightheartedly1 tweeted that no matter who dies in the last episode of Game of Thrones, the only happy ending possible is no centralized authority and a completely free market.

A statephile mockingly replied that such a set up would never work because it would result in Warlords fighting over control. Further discussion revealed he was serious.

This lack of awareness is remarkable.

I will spell it out for those might not otherwise get it:

The Seven Kingdoms ARE run by Warlords fighting for control. That IS the centralized authority. That IS the government.

Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Stannis Baratheon, Robb Stark, even over in Essos there is Khal Drogo. These people are all Warlords. Guess what they are doing? Fighting for control. They are fighting to be the government.

Pretending that we need government Warlords to protect us from different Warlords is exactly what the Warlords in power want you to think.

And just because you get to vote does not change reality. As Lysander Spooner wrote, “A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.”

So argue for the need for government all you want. Just be aware of what you are arguing. Do not kid yourself.


  1. Because I am, at my core, lighthearted.