Expanding the Liberty Canon: Icelandic Sagas of the Middle Ages

My latest contribution at group blog Notes On Liberty

Notes On Liberty

A first in this series, a discussion of literary texts rather than a text covering political ideas through philosophical, historical, legal, or social science writing . One good reason for the new departure is simply that the sagas of Iceland have become a focus of debate about the possibility of a society with effective laws and courts, but no state. It has become  celebrated case in some pro-liberty circles largely because of an article by the anarchy-capitalist/individualist anarchist libertarian thinker David Friedman (son of Milton) in ‘Private Creation and Enforcement of Law: A Historical Case’, though it has also been widely studied   and sometimes at full book length by scholars not known for pro-liberty leanings. I somewhat doubt that Iceland of that era could b said to have purely private law, but I will let the reader judge from the descriptions that follow.

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