5.10, Hoppe and Justification Cont’d.

In 5.9 I presented a version of Hoppe’s profoundly intuitive and unassailable argument for private property rights. But it was limited to the private property right to the body. Today we extend that to other things outside the body. Private property rights are the foundation of liberty. In 5.6-5.8 I showed how Herbert Spencer, John …

5.9, Hoppe and justification

Note the following arguments in their succinctness: From John Stuart Mill (5.6): Liberty is necessary for development of the individual. IF one wants development, THEN one wants liberty. Of course the one who promotes coercive control by non-owners (government/thief) can simply reject the IF. He rarely does. He asserts that he can force development. He …

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 …