How would justice work in a society without government? For most people, tackling this question can be a daunting challenge, until you realize that non-state and voluntary legal systems already exist all over the world, and have for millennia. Let’s learn about them!

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Show Notes:

Jeff Deist

Stephen Kinsella

Allen Mendenhall

David D. Friedman

Bruce L. Benson

Bruno Leoni

Miranda Forsyth: “A Typology of Relationships Between State and Non-State Justice Systems”

Brynna Connolloy: Non-State Justice Systems and the State: Proposals for a Recognition Typology

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By Patrick MacFarlane

Patrick MacFarlane is a Wisconsin attorney in private practice. He is the host of the Liberty Weekly Podcast at, where he covers libertarian legal theory, noninterventionist foreign policy, Austrian economics, history, and other libertarian topics. His is a regular contributor at the Libertarian Institute at His work also appears on in the viewpoints section. He may be reached at

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