Abstract: Newhard (2017) recommends that anarcho-capitalist societies acquire nuclear weapons and adopt aggressive territorial-defense postures. This paper substantiates the argument for the necessity of such actions under reasonable assumptions. In particular, these societies are likely to be relatively small in geographic size, population, and economic output, inhibiting strategic depth and military spending. Deterrence and defense will therefore require that anarchists seize the offensive to achieve quick and decisive victory in any conflict through a combination of preventative and preemptive strikes and massive retaliation. Given the likely decentralized and asymmetric character of private armed forces, I recommend a strategic doctrine of disproportionate force modeled after Israeli doctrine.
Keywords: Anarcho-capitalism, private defense, national defense, war-making, Israel
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