In this program I define the state and contrast stateless and statist societies. The critical difference is that stateless societies do not have the corporate institution of government.
There are various examples of stateless societies such as medieval Ireland, modern day Somalia* and more ancient cultures such as the aboriginal peoples of the USA.
*Somalia’s so called government is being funded by Norway
Some of my previous programs deal with these topics separately:
“Anarchy? What Happens?” talks about common law traditions
“Breaking The Corporate Matrix” links together various threads of the state
“Turings Apology” touches on some consequences of the lack objectivity in law
“The Concept of Law” examines what we mean by law
Mike Shanklin, “In Your Anarchist Society, Who Will Make The Laws?”
Ancient Ireland’s success with the free market and a stateless society
A page about The Brehon Laws
A Smaller Social History of Ancient Ireland