On Property_2

From Epictetus (Moral Discourses, 2.18) “Every habit and faculty is maintained and increased by the corresponding actions: the habit of walking by walking, the habit of running by running. If you would be a good reader, read; if a writer, write. But when you shall not have read for thirty days in succession, but have …

On reason and the impossible

Here this puritanical libertarian wishes to remind himself and any who read that justification is not impossible, that reason does speak (and indeed reason is indistinguishable from the god), and that there is a test that even a human animal can use to vet the speech of any who claims reason. If one finds that …

5.7, Spencer, Human Nature and Liberty

Murray Rothbard, the libertarian economist and revisionist historian, called Herbert Spencer’s Social Statics the greatest work of libertarian political philosophy ever written. It was for that reason that I read it. Such praise is worth investigation. What I found was the recesses of a spacious and patient thought on the nature of man and the …

A Conclusion on Action

Let it be known. One does not see action. One interprets physical changing events as actions. To interpret as action requires the bringing to bear on those physical changing events the elements which must always be found in any action: ends, means, values, preferences, choice, time, cost, loss, profit. The attempt to invalidate such a …

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 …