On the justification of aggression

One effort at justification that this puritanical libertarian is regularly engaged in is seeking to convinced those enamored by the state to consider whether enamored is worthwhile. There is so much about the human animal, captured most by the insatiability of animal want (demand), that is tempted to seek security of satisfaction at any cost. …

5.14, The Lie Continued

This puritanical libertarian operates under the following presuppositions: first, virtue is best. Second, liberty is a presupposition of virtue. I will argue for neither. Take them or leave them. From those points I examine the words of the sages and the moral judgments handed down. Hammurabi’s Code and the later Hebrew Ten Commandments prohibit “bearing …

5.13, The Lie

**The following analysis is made for understanding only. Action requires much more consideration. I do not recommend the lie. But I can recommend its analysis. What has been traditionally condemned in every decent society, and even among rogues and criminals when they are in league with each other is the principle that lying is wrong. …

5.12, Whence Comfortable Oppression?

This particular puritanical libertarian finds himself constantly running into a kind of resistance to his efforts to expand liberty (property rights, voluntary production and trade) and all the fruits he is sure lie therein. He is no longer surprised to encounter otherwise thoughtful and sincere men who argue from the following always unstated but always …

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 …

3.4.5, Means as Supply, and Capital Formation

We equated, in a prior post, ends with demand. Means we equate with supply. This post is going to be practical in nature. In that sense I depart from the apriori nature of the inquiry. But, there is something approaching necessity in the following considerations. There was a time when communities were limited to what …

3.4.4, On Anarcho-Capitalism and rules for the use of material means.

We are moving toward the end of our analysis of the means. There is a sense in which the means are everything. But, they are only means relative to ends. And ends are only ends relative to values. Enough. We looked to Kant (3.4.3) for prescription for the use of means. He fundamentally prescribes not …

3.4.3, On Kant and the moral rules for the use of means

We are dealing, in 3.4.whatever, with the means as one of the apriori elements of action. In this post and the next I would like to distinguish between rules for the employment of means. I will distinguish between moral rules and legal rules. The latter follows from the former, but it is not always clear …

On forced production and forced sale.

Imagine a firm that demanded from you a percentage of your income with threat that both that same percentage plus extra would be extracted in the form of fines or jail time if you failed to go along with the first. Imagine you asked what the reason was for this act of aggression and you …

Private property and ethics

We are used to hearing private property and ethics as in some sense antithetical. This is a mistake. In fact they are deeply intertwined. Someone has invested energy and strategy in making private property sound like a dirty word. Associations of greed, hoarding, wrongful defensiveness, wrongful building of fences. Somehow the opposite of private property …