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 …

5.2, 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 …

Socrates and the rule of liberty

In one of my favorite Platonic dialogues, The Crito, Socrates is represented at the end of his life, in prison, awaiting execution. It is quite a setting. Crito, loyal follower (loyal in affection but not loyal if loyalty is best for wisdom), arrives to visit with Socrates and persuade him to break the law by …

The Puritanical Libertarian

Why all the vacillation, here at Puritanical Libertarianism, between the moral–talk of virtue, righteousness, purity (cleanliness), and the economic–trade, profit, loss, wealth? Because, the Puritanical Libertarian asserts the unity of reality and thinks he sees the same in the two spheres. It does not mean that he thinks the two spheres of equal weight. The …

Spencer on democracy and moral development

From Social Statics: “Political freedom, therefore, is, as we say, an external result of an internal sentiment-is alike, in origin, practicability, and permanence, dependent on the moral sense, and it is only when this is supreme in its influence that so high a form of social organization as a democracy can be maintained.” First, Spencer …

Abortion and Welfare

The critical value for a woman’s legal right (I do not say moral) to an abortion is the right to be left alone. She demands privacy about who she attaches herself to and the right to relinquish relations when she wants. The argument that she is merely messing with her own body is nonsense and …

Coercion and lack of demand

That an activity is coerced is EVIDENCE that it is not in demand. When I say coerced I refer to initiated aggression. Were the service or good produced in demand coercion would be unnecessary. The simplicity is part of what troubles the modern oppressed. But the simplicity is also what so immediately creates the discomfort. …

On Voluntary Outlawery

Herbert Spencer’s Social Static is one of the earliest (1851!) and clearest non-consequentialist arguments in favor of the abolition of aggression (including that by the state)and thus the protection of liberty. The argument for the principle of equal liberty is worth consideration, but I will save it. For now I want to entice the seeker …

Argument for privatization

OBJECTION to liberty: “But, people are bad. People will lie, steal, assault.” Yes to consideration of lying, stealing and assaulting. But not only in the free market. Any market. Choice: EITHER ,those who have needs and can manipulate decide to trade with a provision for dispute arbitration (voluntarily agreed to by trading parties), OR those who …

The elements of production whether moral or material

The producer needs an end. The end should be an addition to the good and not a detraction. The producer needs a means to the end. This takes shape as policy, strategy, steps, rules for action. The producer needs suitable material. This is stuff, and this is tools. The producer needs freedom to move and …