Tuesday, August 01, 2006


I missed this a few days ago - amidst their recent elections, the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo miss the stability of Mobutu Sese Seko.

Even if you don't agree with all of the text of Hobbes' Leviathan, there is a simple truth there: the state - even an oppressive one, despite all of its problems - is immensely preferable to the alternative.


Mike said...

Unless your Murray Rothbard or Lew Rockwell...


JM said...

Wow indeed.

On the other hand, a quick look at the statistics of the war make Mobutu look pretty good indeed. Thieves probably look better than killers, push come to shove. (I'm no expert, but I'm tracking some handy links on the elections over on my blog... waiting for those results).