Maybe we don't need them?
It's about Somalia and its mobile telecommunication business.
It is mentioned that a call from a Somali mobile phone is generally cheaper and clearer than a call from anywhere else in Africa . Great! Sounds like a success story coming from a struggling country. Then we read further:
One reason for such success is this: Somalia has no government.
Yes. The central government of Somalia was overthrown in January 1991, and since then Somalia is in a state of civil war. There is no clear central governmental authority there .
The Economist wrote: No government means no state telecoms company to worry about, no corrupt ministry officials to pay off (there is no ministry), and the freedom to choose the best-value equipment.
Furthermore, taxes and security cost are low (paid to local authority or strongman), there is almost no custom duty, and no need to pay for licenses .
As a result, its mobile telecom service can provide cheaper and better services to the population.
How very interesting. We never thought of this. You know what this means? This means 'government' is optional ! (Well, at least to the Somalian mobile telecom companies.)
After reading that article, we couldn't help thinking about this one question:
"Which would we rather have: A government ranked among the most corrupt in the world , or no government at all?"
 The Economist, December 24th - January 6th 2006, page 95, Somalia Calling
 MSN Encarta Somalia - Government
 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2005