… a land without a settled government, whether criminally anarchic or anarcho-capitalist, is almost impossible for an external power to occupy and govern. For there is no political infrastructure, no settled government to whom the occupying imperial power can transmit orders.
Murray N. Rothbard Irrepressible Rothbard, p. 192
0:00 – Quote from Machinery of Freedom
1:01 – How would you define capitalism, and why is it morally superior to socialism?
5:26 – Why is it important to have an understanding of property?
9:10 – Why should the poor advocate capitalism/free markets?
22:45 – Does market failure justify a state?
35:24 – Does the “capitalist” exploit the consumer and worker via iPhone?
40:10 – Does freedom include positive rights? – Freedom vs. Power
47:46 – Inequality
48:23 – Define government
50:02 – Define anarchism
50:42 – Would anarchy lead to chaos? (spontaneous order)
51:44 – Best examples of stateless societies?
55:14 – What about monopolies?
56:33 – Without government the poor would die from poverty
58:09 – Law’s Order – Most important message
59:08 – Biggest criticism of the Austrian school of economics?
1:01:37 – Most important thing you learned from…….
(a) coercively funded, any organization who’s ‘customers’ can’t opt out will get worse service than they otherwise would;
(b) a monopoly, one cannot start up a competing police agency with the state, and
(c) they claim the ‘special immunity’ of having the right to forcibly tell others what to do because politicians told them to- they can kidnap people for disobeying the laws written by government officials widely accepted to be corrupt and dishonest.
This along does not account for why the coercively funded American police are so much more likely to commit act of brutality, compared to the coercively funded monopoly Italian police. All we are trying to do here is form a foundation that is morally justified and is most likely to protect persons and property from aggressors.
Police may use such coercive methods provided that the suspect turns out to be guilty, and provided that the police are treated as themselves criminal if the suspect is not proven guilty … in all cases, police must be treated in precisely the same way as anyone else … police, in a libertarian society, must take their chances like anyone else; if they commit an act of invasion against someone, that someone had better turn out to deserve it, otherwise they are the criminals. As a corollary, police can never be allowed to commit an invasion that is worse than, or that is more than proportionate to, the crime under investigation.
Murray N. Rothbard, Ethics of Liberty, pp. 82–83
The policeman who apprehends a criminal and arrests him, and the judicial and penal authorities who incarcerate him before trial and conviction — all should be subject to the universal law. In short, if they have committed an error and the defendant turns out to be innocent, then these authorities should be subjected to the same penalties as anyone else who kidnaps and incarcerates an innocent man.
Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, p. 109
Governmental police have not only no incentive to be efficient or worry about their “customers’” needs; they also live with the ever present temptation to wield their power of force in a brutal and coercive manner.
Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, p. 250
1. Voluntarism. Allow people to opt out of funding police departments- no PD or LEO has the right to collect money by force, like all citizens they must hereby only get what they can voluntarily (advertising, crowdfunding, contracts, Go Fund Me, fundraisers, subscriptions, lotteries, etc)
2. Equality. Hold police officers to the same standard you would any other person or group of persons. They have the right to investigate, defend the innocent, use force to stop aggressors, etc- however these are rights everyone else has, the job of the officer would be to SPECIALIZE in how to keep the peace and stop people from being defrauded or aggressed against.
Part 1 – Private Policing Isn’t a Fantasy: https://mises.org/wire/private-policing-isnt-fantasy
Part 2 – Police Choice: http://libertarianpapers.org/deangelis-police-choice/
Part 3 – Book of Fallacies https://www.amazon.com/How-Win-Every-Argument-Abuse/dp/147252912X
Part 4: My interview with Jason Brennan: https://youtu.be/Ei_3GYGOVyU
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… the whole point of politics is to “divide” people, to separate people by principle and ideology and to have them slug it out, each trying to gain a majority support of the population.
Irrepressible Rothbard, p. 289
… men are not uniform … the species, mankind, is uniquely characterized by a high degree of variety, diversity, differentiation; in short, inequality. An egalitarian society can only hope to achieve its goals by totalitarian methods of coercion …
Murray N. Rothbard Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature, pp. 7–8
The tactic is a two sided coin- us vs them, then using “them” or the big “problem” real, exaggerated or fabricated is used to justify more state power.
… the State is the organization of robbery systematized and writ large. Th e State is the only legal institution in society that acquires its revenue by the use of coercion, by using enough violence and threat of violence on its victims to ensure their paying the desired tribute. Th e State benefits itself at the expense of its robbed victims. Th e State is, therefore, a centralized, regularized organization of theft . Its payments extracted by coercion are called “taxation” …
Murray N. Rothbard
Economic Controversies, p. 459
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Any statute or administrative regulation necessarily makes actions illegal that are not overt initiations of crimes or torts according to libertarian theory. Every statute or administrative rule is therefore illegitimate and itself invasive and a criminal interference with the property rights of noncriminals.
Murray N. Rothbard – Economic Controversies, p. 406
In short, government regulation consists of coercively interfering in what would otherwise be a voluntary exchange, causing death that would not occur if the interference hadn’t taken place.
“Death by Regulation” is the title of a great book by Mary J. Ruwart, can be found here: http://www.ruwart.com/product/death-regulation
… in a world of voluntary social cooperation through mutually beneficial exchanges, where one man’s gain is another man’s gain, it is obvious that great scope is provided for the development of social sympathy and human friendships. It is the peaceful, cooperative society that creates favorable conditions for feelings of friendship among men…. the social relations formed by the division of labor tend to be permanent as individuals specialize in different tasks and continue to produce in those fields.
Murray N. Rothbard Man, Economy, and State with Power and Market, p. 101
James R. Harrigan is managing director of the Freedom Center at the University of Arizona and the F.A. Hayek Distinguished Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE).
“… my basic motivation for being a libertarian had never been economic but moral. … While I was convinced that the free market was more efficient and would bring about a far more prosperous world than statism, my major concern was moral: the insight that coercion and aggression of one man over another was criminal and iniquitous, and must be combatted and abolished.”
Murray N. Rothbard Betrayal of the American Right, pp. 73–74
Justin Amash appeared on Meet the Press, and frankly did a horrendous job considering we seldom have the chance to reach so many people who need to hear the libertarian message the most. I give the answers I think he should have provided, and link to his abomination in the video’s description.
Social desirability bias is the tendency of respondents to answer questions in a manner that will be viewed favorably by others. It can take the form of over-reporting “good behavior” or under-reporting “bad,” or undesirable behavior. The tendency poses a serious problem with conducting research with self-reports, especially questionnaires. This bias interferes with the interpretation of average tendencies as well as individual differences.
I read one chapter at a time aloud, one of my favorite books on libertarianism and anarchism.
Find Larken Rose here: https://www.therosechannel.com/rhome
The belief in “authority,” which includes all belief in “government,” is irrational and self-contradictory; it is contrary to civilization and morality, and constitutes the most dangerous, destructive superstition that has ever existed. Rather than being a force for order and justice, the belief in “authority” is the arch-enemy of humanity. Pg. 3
If human beings are so careless, stupid and malicious that they cannot be trusted to do the right thing on their own, how would the situation be improved by taking a subset of those very same careless, stupid and malicious human beings and giving them societal permission to forcibly control all the others? Pg. 26
Perhaps most telling is that if you suggest to the average person that maybe God does not exist, he will likely respond with less emotion and hostility than if you bring up the idea of life without “government.” This indicates which religion people are more deeply emotionally attached to, and which religion they actually believe in more firmly. In fact, they believe so deeply in “government” that they do not even recognize it as being a belief at all. Pg. 29
If, for example, someone has a “right” to housing, and housing comes only from the knowledge, skills and efforts of other people, it means that one person has the right to force another person to build him a house. Pg. 117
All statists believe that the people who make up “government” have an exemption from basic human morality, and not only may do things which others have no right to do, but should and must do such things, for the (supposed) good of society. The type and degree of aggression varies, but all statists advocate aggression. Pg. 121
To quickly review, people cannot delegate rights they do not have, which makes it impossible for anyone to acquire the right to rule (”authority”). People cannot alter morality, which makes the “laws” of “government” devoid of any inherent “authority.” Ergo, “authority”-the right to rule-cannot logically exist. Pg. 144
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.
Externalities occur in markets, but they also exist in governments. Government is the ultimate negative externality- they impose costs on non-consenting third parties.
The existence of externalities does NOT justify the existence of a state- or any form of mass violent domination. It’s the equivalent of saying- “Externalities exist. Therefore the Koch Brothers have the right to coercively involve themselves in voluntary exchanges and take 25% of everyone’s income annually, anyone who disobey’s rules made by the Koch Brothers should be put in a cage and shot if they resist.”
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