Free Markets and Free Migration. Bryan Caplan and Keith Knight

Free Markets and Free Migration. Bryan Caplan and Keith Knight

… it must be recognized that there are no just national boundaries per se; that real justice can only be founded on the property rights of individuals. …National boundaries are only just insofar as they are based on voluntary consent and the property rights of their members or citizens.

Murray N. Rothbard

Irrepressible Rothbard, p. 230

 

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Philosophy, Democracy, Police, and the State. Jason Brennan and Keith Knight

Philosophy, Democracy, Police, and the State. Jason Brennan and Keith Knight

Jason Brennan is the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair and professor of strategy, economics, ethics, and public policy at the McDonough School of Business. He specializes in political philosophy and applied ethics.

https://msb.georgetown.edu/jason-brennan-2/

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Timestamps-

0:00 – Quote from “Against Democracy”

0:44 – What is political philosophy, and why should people care?

1:32 – What is the moral parity thesis?

3:24 – The constrained vision – limited knowledge 

7:50 – What about peaceful change and reform?

10:04 – What is government?

12:03 – Authority and legitimacy

14:25 – Why do smart, well-intended people disagree?

19:43 – Positive vs. Negative rights

20:55 – What does “pro tanto” mean?

22:40 – Social contract theory

28:13 – Why are the vast majority ignorant about politics?

33:40 – Should we still value democracy as inherently moral?

36:30 – Moral limits of markets

44:07 – Without appealing to ‘god’, why is murder wrong?

50:08 – A Political Philosopher hosts the POTUS debate!

52:00 – Does morality only exist in a social setting?

54:26 – Most important thing you learned from the works of……

54:26 – Michael Huemer

56:25 – Bryan Caplan

58:07 – John Hasnas

59:08 – John Tomasi

1:00:32 – David Schmidtz

No Case for Closed Borders

No Case for Closed Borders

Anyone who thinks the coronavirus pandemic destroys the case for open borders hasn’t thought the matter through terribly far. Bryan Caplan explains here. Just to give a taste, in the name of excluding viruses from our shores, the government would have to stop immigration even when no pandemic was in progress since pandemics can’t be counted on to announce themselves in advance. Moreover, tourism, commercial visits, and trade would have to be abolished too. And — yikes! — so would American travel abroad unless Americans were willing to leave home and never return.

One last thing: since we have nothing even close to open borders, Caplan writes, “How much protection have 98% closed borders given us against the pandemic?  The answer: Virtually none…. The sad fact is that even very low absolute levels of international contact have been more than sufficient to spread infection almost everywhere on Earth. The marginal cost of higher levels of contact is therefore minimal.”

Liberty is a necessity, not a luxury — even during serious pandemics.

Year Zero 82: The Normie View

Year Zero 82: The Normie View

Tommy is joined by a friend of his, Greg Price to discuss how average Americans view government, politics, culture, and media. Greg is an independent Ohio voter, a truck driver, a father, and grandfather. Unlike many podcasters and activists Greg isn’t obsessively watching every story; he is getting his news from the corporate press, and he’s openly frustrated with their coverage or lack thereof.

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Episode 341: A Danish Cop Refuses to Enforce Drug Laws – Becomes an ANCAP

Episode 341: A Danish Cop Refuses to Enforce Drug Laws – Becomes an ANCAP

50 Minutes

PG-13

Pete invited former Danish police officer, Lars Anderson< to come on the show. Lars made headlines in his home city of Copenhagen when he refused to enforce drug laws leading to his departure from the department. Lars talks about his background and answers questions from what his activism entails to his thoughts on immigration in his home land and how to solve the problems it brings.

Lars’ YouTube Channel

Pete’s Link to Sign Up for the LP

Lions of Liberty Podcast

Link to Richard Grove’s Autonomy Course

Blaming Libertarianism for Every ‘Societal Woe’

Blaming Libertarianism for Every ‘Societal Woe’

Normally, a random post on Twitter doesn’t deserve an answer in the form of an article, but in an era where the libertarian ideology (that of non-aggression and strict property rights), which is much closer to the ideas of liberty expounded by the founders of America than modern “Conservatism” could ever hope to be, it is probably warranted. Whether it be Tucker Carlson blaming Austrian Economics and libertarianism for betraying the “American worker” on his highly rated nightly entertainment program, or a Tweet from a “free-speech-maximalist” social media platform attempting to hold libertarianism liable for “drag queen story hour,” the opioid epidemic or mass migration, it’s about time to point out that there are a couple huge elephants in the room these people seem to be ignoring. 

Mind you, one should not be shocked by their ignorance. These parties have obviously bought into the hysteria that those in power always use as a rudder to guide the gullible and emotional to and fro. Most people nowadays are like modern doctors when they come across something they can’t quite diagnose; they concentrate on the symptoms rather than the root cause. Examining the Tweet at hand, we see not only this issue, but just plain ignorance. 

The Purple, Blinking Elephant in the Room 

Normally, an article such as this one should proceed in tearing apart the subject of its irritation by starting at the beginning, but since the author’s main vexations are held until the end we shall proceed there. 

Whether you’re talking about big “L,” or small ‘l’ libertarianism, they both can agree that the smaller the government is, the more liberty the individual has. The author seems to be working under the assumption that small, or no government, would cause young kids to be flashed at “drag queen story hour,” heroin overdoses and mass migration.  

The United States currently has the largest, most powerful government in the history of mankind. They are 23 trillion dollars in debt not counting unfunded liabilities. They have military bases in over 80 countries. They lead all nations in incarcerating their citizens which has been fueled by an almost 50-year, immoral “War on Drugs.” They extort upward of 50% of their citizens incomes when you take into consideration all taxes and fees.  

If the United States was ever inspired by libertarian ideals, those days were gone over 100 years ago. The author’s main criticisms; young kids being flashed at “drag queen story hour,” heroin overdoses and mass migration, are all occurring under a government that you would be hard-pressed to find a shred of libertarian ideology in. “Drag Queen Story Hour” is happening in government schools and libraries. Libertarians would have public schools and libraries abolished in favor of private alternatives. The opioid epidemic has been proven by libertarian academics to be a direct result of government regulation. Dr Mark Thornton has done the best work on this and has appeared on this author’s podcast driving that point home. Mass migration is being caused by foreign policy, interventionism, and if it is some grand conspiracy, it is being orchestrated by politicians and people of influence using the monopolistic power of government to accomplish their goals. Most libertarians would see government abolished and free market solutions put in place such as making all property private thus solving the “migration” issue and turning it into a matter of trespassing.  

The inevitable objections now will start. The most obvious being that these problems would become more rampant in a society without a central power (having already proven that all of this is occurring with, either the seal of approval of the biggest government in history, or with their apathetic attitude towards it, this forces the author to argue for what, even more government?). Sure, that argument can be made but it is all based on conjecture as Robert Higgs likes to point out. It’s all theoretical. What can be proven empirically, is all of the horrors that the author is bemoaning are happening under the most powerful State on the planet contradicting any point trying to be made in the Tweet regarding libertarianism. 

Maybe the author believes that if only they were in charge, they would have all the answers. Many socialists like to point at certain countries and say, “that wasn’t real socialism,” which translated usually means they believe themselves to be smarter, and more “moral” than those who’ve gone before, and if only they had been the shot-caller, utopia would’ve been achieved. Those who deny horseshoe theory deny reality. 

Now we can go back to the start. 

Conservative Values 

Starting off your criticism of libertarianism by invoking “Conservative values” without explaining exactly what they are is sophistry. The claim is made that these values are non-existent without Christianity but there the writer falls on their face again. What are Christian values? One could go to ten different denominational churches of Christianity and get different answers to the question of what their cultural values are. The author has in their mind what Conservatism and Christianity must be, and to separate the two is anathema. “To hell with the Conservative atheist! He is no ally of mine!”  

They proceed with the statement that “libertarianism is inherently not conservative.” Since they don’t define their terms; how can one even begin to take this statement apart? Anyone who would make an attempt would be working under assumptions to which the author can simply retort, “that’s not what I meant!” 

I do champion the statement though. Libertarianism is not Conservative. Murray Rothbard makes that abundantly clear: 

Conservatism is a dying remnant of the ancien régime of the preindustrial era, and, as such, it has no future. In its contemporary American form, the recent Conservative Revival embodied the death throes of an ineluctably moribund, Fundamentalist, rural, small-town, white Anglo-Saxon America. 

Conservatism is another form of collectivism that cannot find solutions outside of it. In other words, the individual may be spoken of, and even championed, but to stray from the thought process contained within puts you outside of it. It has no room for individualism as can clearly be seen in the Tweet this article references (leaving aside the three topics the author highlights as they can be considered legitimate concerns to individuals as well). 

Addressing their finale of “live and let live bro” is tiresome. I don’t know any libertarian who would echo that statement unless it was qualified with “as long as you aren’t damaging someone else’s person or property.” It is actually a perfect example of a “straw man fallacy” and warrants no further discussion. 

Anyone who spends considerable time on the “political” side of social media should be able to recognize that most statements like the one in the referenced Tweet are being posted by persons who are either ignorant, or dishonest. Recently, it appears that more people are intent on putting out false narratives about people or ideologies they disagree with in the moment. It is a fact that there have been a number of attacks recently on the libertarian ideology by those who will say in one breath that it is useless and outdated, while in the next blame it for the cause celebre. One may be inclined to believe they’re feeling threatened and lashing out. This should be seen as inspiration moving forward. 

Year Zero 82: The Normie View

Year Zero: Communication Breakdown

In Episode 58 Tommy addresses the latest mass shootings. In Ep Paso Texas a 21 year old walked into a Wal-Mart with an AK-47 killing 20 and injuring several more. After reading his manifesto Tommy directs what he believes is the reasoning behind the uptick in violence around politics. Whether left or right committing violence, those involved seem to be acting as the useful idiots for the elites to grab more power as they divide and conquer the country.

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Year Zero 82: The Normie View

Year Zero: Immigration Underground Railroad

In Episode 57 Tommy takes another look at immigration. The caricature of libertarians is that they are open borders. Tommy takes the time to explain private property borders, property from a natural law perspective, and the government’s land monopoly before spending a few minutes on the immigration underground railroad attempting to nullify federal immigration policy and help those that are in need of assistance.

 

At the 16 minute mark a phone call comes in and static haunts the rest of the podcast. I hope it doesn’t ruin the fun.

Listen to Year Zero Here

 

No Case for Closed Borders

Talking Immigration, With An Actual Immigration Lawyer – Interview with Matt Cameron

So I had a nice sit down with Matt Cameron, a practicing immigration lawyer and teacher who works in the Boston area and is also founder and co-chair of Golden Stairs Immigration, a non-profit providing legal services to non-citizens who cannot afford legal representation.

We talk about everything from “doing it legally” to the intersection of the immigration law and our criminal justice system to our shared hatred of ICE.

If you like Matt and would like to see more of him you can find him at @matt_cam and please check out Golden Stairs Immigration at @GoldenStairsImm

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