|Bridget, thanks for the clues. I googled "rothbard dro" and after a little reading found that this means "dispute resolution organizations." I have written here on RoR about the American Arbitration Association and its work.|
I do feel that "size matters." It seems that in nature, at some level of complexity, new simplifying super-structures encompass multiples of smaller, individual entitites, once some arbitrary "complexity" has been reached. Cells to tissues to organs to organisms seems to be one model. Aristotle explained the state as a derivation from individuals to families to groups of families. In his time, most "states" were cities and most cities had 1000 to 10,000 individuals. (We know the coins of about 1000 individual city mints from the period 600 to 100 BC.) Rome brought an end to that. (Even Objectivists hail Rome, but personally, I collect the coins of the Greek cities, not the Roman Empire.) So, I agree that as individuals, you and I are probably best off in social contexts where we can name everyone in our worlds. In other words, working for General Motors would not do us well, based on who and what we are as individuals.
On the other hand, as I have argued in the "Person/Human" topic, other people have different natures. Large structures meet their needs. The larger the herd, the lower the chances that any one member will be picked off by a predator.
I have not read Sovereign Individual, but the reviews are intriguing. As I understand it, even in a decentralized world of autonomous individuals, nothing prevents large numbers of them from cooperating. It is only that they do not do so in the same place at the same time -- and (more to the point), the focus is not the "corporation" but rather the multitude of focusses as perceived by each individual acting on their own.
... so even the typical Rothbardian claim that we ought to use DROs won't fly either because of their largeness in most Anacap models I've seen.I did not find any "anarcho-capitalist models" that provided the information you refer to. Do you have any pointers? (By "largeness" do you mean "number of employees" -- size of the organization -- or "importance" to the models?)