5.5, Behemoth, Leviathan, Life Under Coercive Control

As the territorial dominance of coercive (non-contractual) control grows, there are glimmers of relative hope. Some of the coercive controllers have noticed that reducing coercion to the defensive protection of private-property rights has the surprising effect of most effectively producing prosperity. The flourishing of choice and contract always takes place in such places. The analysis …

5.4, Lineage and History, From Phoenicia to Hansa

We move, in thought and imagination, from the Mediterranean to the Baltic sea. Interesting that the great flourishing of the contracting and trading spirit, the "yes" and "no" of promise, the voluntary mutually beneficial meeting, has taken place in the development of instruments that carried the embodied spirit away from the gaze and control of …

5.3, Heritage and Identity

The Puritanical Libertarian is a human animal. For this reason he relies on body and image through which to extract knowledge and ultimately wisdom (if he so climbs). Being a human animal, in addition, means he has strong desire for identity in group, to be a part of the club, membership. The history that he …

5.2, Analogy and Coercion

The thesis for the "5" series of posts is to meditate on coercion, its prevalence, its unjustifiability, the costs (which may be split between the coercer and the coerced), the value of liberty, the foundation of liberty in property rights, and the reasonability of the anarcho-capitalist framework. We will inch our way into this. But …

5.1, A New Series: Property Rights, Liberty, Oppression

Living, as we do, under regimes of internal coercion and aggression much of which we have grown up with and adapted to, it can be difficult to first, shake off the fetters theoretically and conceptually. Second, to imagine community in its fullness. Third, to pursue non-aggression and voluntary association in a state of aggression and …

4.20, From Moral Investment to Moral Prosperity

All good things (down here on this ole' clod) must come to an end. Speculations on what goes on after or above I leave to the theologians. They claim expertise there. The Puritanical Libertarian desires to use speech for what speech can handle: limit, shape, particularity, individuality. Listen to Pascal (who the Puritanical Libertarian trusts): …

4.19, From saving to investment

From production to saving to investment in moral prosperity. He who produces virtue has something precious and unearthly. Earthly goods, while able to be stored and saved, are subject to corruption and even conquest. Earthly goods, in addition, are subject to loss when invested. This does not mean it is not worth storing securely earthly …

4.18, On setting up shop for prosperity (moral)

The following amounts to an over-simplified (but the older I get the simpler things become dear reader--note I did not say easier, simpler and easier are not equivalent or synonymous) plan for setting up shop for prosperity. If you have read the proclamations of the Puritanical Libertarian, you know by now that he is for …

4.17, Proof of the Value of Self-Development

The proof is unnecessary. Yet, so much of what is unnecessary to he who sees clearly is necessary for he who is foggy or less clear. Premise 1: Either the world inhabited is prosperous or not (in trouble). Premise 2: If in a time of prosperity, then any prosperity that is offered will be better …

4.16, On Simultaneous Dual Usage of the World

For so long the other worldliness of the sage has been set against the worldliness of the the chief, king, CEO or senior comrade. The logical distinction is one of abstraction, but he who works with either exemplar must take care. What we hold up in the sage is the pinnacle of being in but …