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Rational Anarchy

"Professor I can't understand you. I don't insist that you call it 'government' - I just want you to state what rules you think are necessary to ensure equal freedom for all."
"Dear lady. I'll happily accept your rules."
"But you don't seem to want any rules!"
"True. But I will accept any rules that you feel necessary to your freedom. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."
"You would not abide by a law that the majority felt was necessary?"
"Tell me what law, dear lady, and I will tell you whether I will obey it."

from The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A Heinlein