The Utilitarian Case for Voluntaryism

by | Aug 2, 2022

If I try to take something from you, you will resist, imposing costs on both of us in the form of property damage and bodily harm, in addition to the cost of security you may incur to prevent future acts of coercion. It’s not just that voluntary acts tend to raise total utility and coercive acts have no such tendency; coercive acts actually tend to decrease total utility.

– Danny Duchamp, The Voluntaryist Handbook, p. 89

Danny Duchamp creates essays and videos on philosophy, economics and politics from a consequentialist libertarian perspective.

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