Dunbar’s Number, American Capitalism, and What’s Left of Libertarians.

So… Dunbar’s Number… For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, I recommend reading this article for a primer


In short, it’s the number of people you can “know”… about 150. If you have 250 Facebook friends, then you have virtually no clue what’s going on in 100 of their lives. This is an estimate, of course, but there is strong evidence to support that this is a good estimate, meaning it’s very unlikely that anyone really knows 250 people.

What does this have to do with American Capitalism, and Libertarians? Everything… If it is impossible to really know 250 people, then running a corporation, government, or non profit, with more than 250 managers, is a completely impossible task…. Think about that for a second. It is actually impossible, for a large corporation, or government to have a coherent informed mind, or group of minds at its helm.

When I say American capitalism, I do mean the naïve theoretical vision of Adam Smith, and Thomas Jefferson, not the current practice, or the way they practiced it… I don’t want to pretend the past was better than the present. The theory however, that all unjust authority, should be abolished. That a centrally planned economy is impossible. That no organization should be too big to fail… That we don’t need a central authority, and more importantly, even if we did, or wanted one, it’s inefficient to have one. Power corrupts. Simple lessons, we seem to be forgetting in the modern age… Except, of course, for that small number of “crazy” libertarians, out there.

Dunbar’s Number, should become a core argument, in a return to localization of economics… and the empowerment of the blue collar, because, after all, for millennia working people have labored under the illusion that they, the peasantry, were incapable of making the difficult decisions of government. When in reality, human minds are incapable of maintaining organization, and a coherent mind, in any group larger than a thousand or so people… not just peasant minds.

Peace and love friends,
David Hamilton