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 …

5.6, Mill, Liberty and Development

What I want from John Stuart Mill is his insight about the relationship between freedom and development. The puritanical libertarian thinks that anyone who wants development (deep better-making) must presuppose freedom (contractual activity). But all around him there rages what he takes to be the contradiction between means and ends found in coercion and development. …

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 …