The Law According to the Somalis

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November 17, 2011
Daily Anarchist
by Davi Barker  
Posted in Commentary, LAND Commentary

"Somalia is not stateless by accident, as is the conventional view. The Somali people consciously rejected democracy and central government, and with good reason. Prior to the colonial period almost all African nations were polycentric tribal anarchies, which practiced a system of customary law. The Somalis never accepted the legal systems of the colonial powers and largely ignored them or tried to nullify them by noncompliance, preferring always the social software of their own design." (11/16/11)  


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