What happened to the thread between me and poxpower ? I said i had to leave for a month, I've looked through the threads for hours but i can't find it.
Anyway. I need to make some points, not on anarchy, but on Somalia.
The TFG is so weak because too few people in Somalia recognize it's authority. A government needs BOTH weapons of coercion (Which the TFG gets from the US and the UN) and it also needs some support base. You need a support base because governments cannot maintain themselfs on force alone.
For instance, if 80% of Americans stopped paying their taxes, refusing to recognize the authority of the Federal Government. Not only would the government run huge deficits, but it would be forced to pay the military and the police to throw people into prisons which is equally expensive. If the 80% of americans persisted, there would be a guerilla war in which state armies would have to command American soldiers to attack their own citizens and loot them in order to pay for their own salaries.
governments can't maintain themselfs on ideology alone either, if government had no power to enforce it's taxes and it's laws, government would be voluntary. (Which would essentially be anarchy) Cascading secession of tax evaders would undercut the Government structure.
In the Case of Somalia, prior to 1991 you had a Dictator comparable to Mugabe, with all the elements of an african kleptocracy. Africans in general are distrusting of European style democracy as it is, combine that with the distrust of highly oppressive government in general. The mentality of the Somalis is similar in this respect to that of the early Americans; (Except the Americans ideas were influenced more by classical liberalism and the enlightenment and less by a Brutal Dictatorship)
of course the TFG is by no means a constitutional convention, and once you understand the way that the Somalis look at government, you can understand why they would turn to support islamic extremists in an effort to get rid of the government. This is somewhat similar to the Cold War and the Taliban
Between 1991 and 2000, when Somalia was in TOTAL "anarchy" (In the more right wing sense of the word) As far as i can see there wasn't a problem of Islamic Extremism. The Somalis would have had little reason to 'turn' to islamic extremism.
If you aren't an anarchist then the notion that the Somalians should establish their own government on their own terms should seem acceptable; after all, The US did the same.
But anarchy in itself is a meaningless term. To some people Anarchy means the abolition of private property, to other people it means the abolition of all heiarchy, to other people Anarchy means throwing stones and bombs through windows, and to other people Anarchy means a lack of a state.