Archive for the ‘Minarchism’ Category

Incrementalism and agorism

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

I liked my response to this post by David Z. enough to re-print it here, especially because I thought of it all on the fly. It basically summarizes why anarcho-libertarians shouldn't be so dogmatic and exclusive that we alienate or ostracize advocates of limited government who might not want to ...

Misconceptions about libertarianism and Statism

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

I find that correcting misconceptions about libertarianism amounts more to correcting misconceptions about the State than anything else. Statists don't understand libertarianism because they don't understand their own philosophy. Libertarianism is individual liberty, personal sovereignty, voluntary association, and moral egalitarianism for all people. By "moral egalitarianism" I mean everyone is ...

Quote of the day

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

"Minarchy is the theory that free market capitalism is best protected by a socialist monopoly." —Less Antman, in response to Sheldon Richman's post

Other people’s thoughts on chaos and anarchy

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Depends on what you mean by "chaos" and "anarchy"... There are two words that really separate us hard-core libertarians from small-government Republicans and civil-liberties-focused Democrats: Chaos and Anarchy. Libertarians love chaos and anarchy, while most Americans still cringe from these words. For most folks, chaos is some Road ...

Minarchist states and basic necessities

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

What are the most basic necessities of life, of survival? I'd say food, water, and shelter. In our modern world, a fourth good one to add to the list would be medicine. I think it's fair to say that without these four and certainly without the first three being available ...

Sheldon Richman on tacit consent

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Sheldon Richman wrote a good post about social contracts and tacit consent, which are attempts at justifications for Statism that cannot stand up to even the most basic and off-the-cuff libertarian objections. ...this got me thinking about the curious principle of tacit consent. Here are the thoughts I jotted down today. ...

Thoughts on libertarianism and voting

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

The anarchist argument against voting in democratic elections is that participating in the immoral system of determining right and wrong that is democracy (mob-rule) gives your tacit consent to the outcome of such elections; by voting, you demonstrate that you agree that mob-rule is a valid and just way of ...

Vote with your feet, not your mind

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

In an astonishing departure from the norm, James Ostrowski blagged about something unrelated to Buffalo, NY, his father's career in Buffalo, NY, or his own amazing prescience in making political predictions. He's frustrated that the Democrats look as though they're about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory once ...

Customary law must be widely accepted and evolves for the better

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

After my long essay about customary "law" and the market of preferences, decency, and reputations in internet content providers, Tim Swanson posted a comment recommending The Enterprise of Law by the economist Bruce L. Benson. This book is about customary vs. governmental law and the market for law-enforcement services in ...

Brave Statists on

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

As wrong as they are, I am quite impressed with several of the non-libertarians—and in fact outright socialists—who frequent the Mises blag discussion threads and offer their input as to why a Mises columnist or blagger was way off and why government is actually not so bad, and is necessary, ...

It must suck to be Matt Moore

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

I know this is nearly one-month-old news, but I have been too busy to blag much lately, as you can tell. Fear not, I'll be back in full force soon. I have been meaning to blag about this for a while because it is so stupid and so maddening. Radley ...

Why I oppose monopolistic justice (sic) systems

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

The only remaining halfway-decent argument against the unregulated free market that I've encountered is that private police, courts, and retribution systems would be unaccountable to the actual justice of natural law and result in an increase in unchecked use of force against innocents. This would happen, they say, because there ...