To Be Respected, Law Must Be Respectable.

Frédéric Bastiat wrote La Loi (The Law) in 1850, detailing how the law had been perverted from the protection of life, liberty, and property, to the practice of spoliation or legalized plunder. No society can exist if respect for the law does not prevail to some degree, but the surest means of ensuring that laws… Continue reading To Be Respected, Law Must Be Respectable.

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“Markets Can’t Provide Policing” – Why, Exactly?

Critics of voluntaryism often claim that free-market provision of protection would be bad; perhaps they envision a resultant Hobbesian nightmare. But replacing police with people who do not have sovereign immunity, who are held accountable for excess force and murder and manslaughter, who have economic incentives to prefer peace to mayhem, would be bad because… Continue reading “Markets Can’t Provide Policing” – Why, Exactly?

“Order Requires Rulers” Arguments Fail

From time to time, some pundit heaves a sigh and delivers what he believes to be a devastating argument against the idea of a stateless society: "Without rulers, there would be no order. Therefore, people would do whatever they wanted. There would be chaos." This is the fallacy of "Assuming The Conclusion." When you are… Continue reading “Order Requires Rulers” Arguments Fail

To Secure These Liberties . . . Strict Scrutiny

Every civics class in America surely includes this passage from the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are… Continue reading To Secure These Liberties . . . Strict Scrutiny