• Somalia – Functional Anarcho-capitalism?

    by  • January 16, 2008 • The Global Picture • 0 Comments

    The east African country of Somalia has been without a functioning central government since the overthrow of its aging ruler, General Mohamed Siad Barre, in 1991. Since the dictator fled, the country has been victim to a horrific clan-based conflict, and has become the archetype of a failed state.

    Yet, despite the chaos, and the lack of any central government, Somalia has one of the most efficient telephone systems in its region. It takes just three days for a landline to be installed, compared with waiting times of many years in neighbouring Kenya, where a stable democratic government has been in place for half a century.


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    Vinay Gupta is a consultant on disaster relief and risk management.


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