New post on Overthinking It, examining Machete through the lens of public choice theory and anarchist philosophy:
a State is that agency which (1) has a monopoly on force in a given area and (2) upholds the claim that this monopoly is legitimate.
In Texas as depicted in Machete, no agency has a monopoly on the use of force. The Network and Jackson’s vigilantes can trade gunfire with equal capacity. Both sides are criminals, but neither seems particularly afraid of the cops. Texas has no government – no State as Weber would recognize it. Therefore, it’s an anarchy.
But what sort of anarchy is it?