Pirates and Emperors
In a recent BBC News article, I noted a very peculiar insight from the author. He described Somalia as
…a country torn to shreds after nearly two decades without a functioning central government.
That means no proper hospitals, no schools and no safety. The gun means everything in Somalia.
BBC News appears to explain the abscence of services by the abscence of government, not by two decades of war.
Secondly, the BBC imply that schools, hospitals and the rule of law can only be provided by governmental action. In reality, all of these services, and more, have been provided by the private sector.
The final and most bizzare insight is the final sentence – “the gun means everything in Somalia”. The implication is that the gun does not mean everything in Ireland, the UK and the rest of the developed world. All governments rule by the gun. They obtain their money via coercive methods, much like the pirates off the Somalian coast.
The first step in spreading the message of freedom, is convincing others that they are not actually free. It is just an illusion.
The gun rules in Somalia just like it does here. The difference between pirates and emperors is negligible…