Anarchy Unbound: Why Self-Governance Works Better Than You Think

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In Anarchy Unbound, Peter T. Leeson uses rational choice theory to explore the benefits of self-governance. Relying on experience from the past and present, Professor Leeson provides evidence of anarchy 'working' where it is least expected to do so and explains how this is possible. Provocatively, Leeson argues that in some cases anarchy may even outperform government as a system of social organization, and demonstrates where this may occur. Anarchy Unbound challenges the conventional self-governance wisdom. It showcases the incredible ingenuity of private individuals to secure social cooperation without government and how their surprising means of doing so can be superior to reliance on the state.
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Peter T. Leeson is a Professor of Economics and BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at George Mason University, Virginia. He is also the North American editor of Public Choice. Previously, he was a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, the F. A. Hayek Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Visiting Fellow in Political Economy at Harvard University, Massachusetts. Professor Leeson is the author of The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates (2009) and a recipient of the Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Order's Hayek Prize, which he received for his research on self-governance.

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Cambridge University Press
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Published on
Apr 7, 2014
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Pages
269
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ISBN
9781139916264
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Economics / General
Business & Economics / Economics / Macroeconomics
Political Science / General
Political Science / Public Policy / Economic Policy
Social Science / Sociology / General
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Pack your cutlass and blunderbuss--it's time to go a-pirating! The Invisible Hook takes readers inside the wily world of late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century pirates. With swashbuckling irreverence and devilish wit, Peter Leeson uncovers the hidden economics behind pirates' notorious, entertaining, and sometimes downright shocking behavior. Why did pirates fly flags of Skull & Bones? Why did they create a "pirate code"? Were pirates really ferocious madmen? And what made them so successful? The Invisible Hook uses economics to examine these and other infamous aspects of piracy. Leeson argues that the pirate customs we know and love resulted from pirates responding rationally to prevailing economic conditions in the pursuit of profits.

The Invisible Hook looks at legendary pirate captains like Blackbeard, Black Bart Roberts, and Calico Jack Rackam, and shows how pirates' search for plunder led them to pioneer remarkable and forward-thinking practices. Pirates understood the advantages of constitutional democracy--a model they adopted more than fifty years before the United States did so. Pirates also initiated an early system of workers' compensation, regulated drinking and smoking, and in some cases practiced racial tolerance and equality. Leeson contends that pirates exemplified the virtues of vice--their self-seeking interests generated socially desirable effects and their greedy criminality secured social order. Pirates proved that anarchy could be organized.

Revealing the democratic and economic forces propelling history's most colorful criminals, The Invisible Hook establishes pirates' trailblazing relevance to the contemporary world.

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Pack your cutlass and blunderbuss--it's time to go a-pirating! The Invisible Hook takes readers inside the wily world of late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century pirates. With swashbuckling irreverence and devilish wit, Peter Leeson uncovers the hidden economics behind pirates' notorious, entertaining, and sometimes downright shocking behavior. Why did pirates fly flags of Skull & Bones? Why did they create a "pirate code"? Were pirates really ferocious madmen? And what made them so successful? The Invisible Hook uses economics to examine these and other infamous aspects of piracy. Leeson argues that the pirate customs we know and love resulted from pirates responding rationally to prevailing economic conditions in the pursuit of profits.

The Invisible Hook looks at legendary pirate captains like Blackbeard, Black Bart Roberts, and Calico Jack Rackam, and shows how pirates' search for plunder led them to pioneer remarkable and forward-thinking practices. Pirates understood the advantages of constitutional democracy--a model they adopted more than fifty years before the United States did so. Pirates also initiated an early system of workers' compensation, regulated drinking and smoking, and in some cases practiced racial tolerance and equality. Leeson contends that pirates exemplified the virtues of vice--their self-seeking interests generated socially desirable effects and their greedy criminality secured social order. Pirates proved that anarchy could be organized.

Revealing the democratic and economic forces propelling history's most colorful criminals, The Invisible Hook establishes pirates' trailblazing relevance to the contemporary world.

老婆可以賣、老鼠可以告、滾水可以摸、上帝會詛咒……

靠!什麼鬼?!竟然都跟經濟學有關

 

你知道:

*在十九世紀的英國,「二手的」妻子是拍賣會上的搶手貨嗎?

*直到今天的賴比瑞亞,被起訴的罪犯,會以喝下毒藥來決定是否有罪?

*中世紀的義大利,有長達250年的時間,就算是蟑螂或蟋蟀,也可能會吃上官司?

 

What The Fuck?

 

「靠!什麼鬼?」是我們感到驚嘆時最愛用的發語詞。在這趟「不可思議的經濟學之旅」中,保證你將不斷地說出這幾個字。因為旅程中所介紹的怪異社會現象和人類行為,絕對會令你感到驚嚇又驚奇。這些奇風異俗裡,有的曾經是人類社會組織中最重要的核心活動,有的已經沿用數個世紀,至今依然存在。

 

無所不在的經濟學,沒道理其實有道理

看理性的人類,如何聰明的解決問題

 

經濟學家彼得‧利森是「理性選擇理論」最好的實踐者,他擅長搜索人類歷史中最怪異的習俗,以經濟學的角度,去了解這些表面上看似不可思議的事,其背後隱藏的真義。這一趟經濟學探索之旅,橫跨十二至二十世紀的歐洲到非洲,你會發現無論何時何地,理性的人類,總是能在誘因的驅使,以及信仰、資源的種種限制之下,以妙不可言的方式,尋求最好的解答。而身為本書導遊,彼得‧利森除了生動地描述這些奇怪的現象之外,同時也將啟發隨團的遊客,將理論應用在日常生活中。

 

【專文導讀】

 

林明仁  臺灣大學經濟學系特聘教授兼系主任

 

【名人推薦】

 

作者像是現代版天方夜譚的說故事人,讓我一翻開書就忍不住想知道「然後呢?」但更厲害是他旁徵博引的知識,巧妙連結不同領域專業,跨越時空地自由闡述,沉穩而輕盈,廣博又專精。

這位非典型但備受矚目的年輕經濟學家,能把研究著述做到這麼有趣帥氣,令人敬佩也啟人無數。

──李明璁(社會學家,作家)

 

以「理性選擇」為基礎的經濟分析,對各種人的行為、甚至於對各種生物的行為都能做合理、有趣的解析,已故的1992年諾貝爾經濟學獎得主蓋瑞.貝克(G.S. Becker)手中已做了最佳示範。在他的引導解析下,「帝國經濟學」這個揶揄專詞早已響徹雲霄,其後不少學者承繼發揮,出了許多膾炙人口的小品專書。年輕的經濟學家彼得.利森就是其中一位,2011年《海盜船上的經濟學家》是代表作,七年後再出版這本書傳承了起來,內容既有趣又驚喜,也富獨創性,值得閱讀!

──吳惠林(中華經濟研究院特約研究員)

 

我相信人是理性的,但彼得‧利森(Peter T. Leeson)更能發現到一些以往我們不曾發現的理性事實,他這本書中提到的奇特風俗,竟然也暗藏著經濟學的理性,我只能拍案為之驚奇,真有你的!

這本書帶給我們一些驚奇,在這些不為人知的過往歷史中,他每每可以驗證出,即使這些行為看似多麽無厘頭,卻也暗藏經濟學的理性。也就是說,特異的行為與文化之所以能夠擴散與流傳,真正推動的力量,也許正就是「看不見的那隻手」(好吧,亞當斯密從來沒這麼說過!)。

──鍾文榮(科普經濟學作家,《巷子口經濟學》作者,資深產業分析師)

           

 

《W(什)T(麼)F(鬼)?!》是我近年來看過最有趣的書。彼得‧利森展現了他得天獨厚的天賦:發掘人類看似最瘋狂的行為並非出於偶發,出乎意料地,最終都能合情合理。這本書,就像是加了類固醇的《蘋果橘子經濟學》。

──史蒂文‧李維特 Steven D. Levitt,暢銷書《蘋果橘子經濟學》合著者

 

你一開始的反應可能是「什麼鬼!」──中世紀的熱水審判、販賣老婆、神的詛咒……,最後都歸咎為理性的經濟行為。本書中,利森將幽默、靈巧地帶領你去探索這些表面看似毫無意義的儀式,其背後的歷史性與邏輯性。當你保持開放的心胸,這本書將為你帶來無限的驚喜、知識和娛樂。

──安德烈‧史來佛 Andrei Shleifer,美國哈佛大學經濟學家

 

這是一個引人入勝、世界上最怪奇風俗與人類行為的迷人之旅。旅程由一位出色幽默又古怪的導遊帶領,不論這有多奇怪,這些行為一定有他的道理,並且讓你能從中學習。你可以只是張口瞠目,或是用心體會利森的見解,沒道理我們不能同時這樣做。

──史帝文‧藍思博 Steven E. Landsburg,暢銷書《生命中的經濟遊戲:反常理思考24問》作家,羅徹斯特大學經濟學教授

 

這是我讀過最有獨創性的一本書,既新奇又有趣,每一頁都有驚喜,更不用說包含許多愚蠢的玩笑了。

──提姆‧哈福特 Tim Harford,《不整理的人生魔法:亂有道理的!》,《誰賺走了你的咖啡錢》,《臥底經濟學家》作者。

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