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 […]

The analogy between state welfare and religion

The state-religionist who asserts the right of the state to aggress against the liberty of its citizens for their eternal welfare is only different in conception of welfare from the state-welfarist. The latter asserts the right of the state to aggress against the liberty of its citizens for their earthly welfare. According to Socrates one […]