From Somalia, a success story (maybe)
A host of mobile phone masts testifies to the telecommunications revolution which has taken place despite the absence of any functioning national government since 1991.
And, that's from the BBC, mind you. Gushing.
Note that the claim is NOT that the government is taking a laissez-faire approach
to telecom regulation.
No, the "government" paid the haul-ass fare to get out of town in 1991, and there
hasn't been a government since.
Now I am not a fan of the whole "look at Somalia, they are doing fine without a government" movement, because they really aren't. Armed gangs of thugs are dangerous, and need to be controlled, regardless of whether they are Somalis in "technicals", or Durham police in black and whites. In both cases, you need a state to step in.
But it is true that governments are at least unnecessary, and possibly a hinderance, to the functioning of many kinds of markets.
(Nod to MAG)