I have a actual real life question I am interested in what each of your opinion is.
The other day I was asked if my company would be interested in bidding and working on portions of Donald Trump's wall.
I gave no answer then, as I had not really thought of it, but, in my mind, as a Libertarian I don't see anything that would violate the NAP if my company did work on the wall.
I don't worry about whether or not federal money is involved, I've learned a long time ago that there is nearly nothing I do that I am not taking advantage of something that has tax (stolen) money involved. From driving to walking to eating, some sort of tax was involved.
I also have zero allegiance to the State, and anytime I can take money back from them, that they have stolen from me, and they have stolen a lot of money from me, I don't feel bad at all.
I have built roads, done hazardous cleanups, built housing, runways, and such for the State. I don't think any of these things violate the NAP. If I remember right Rothbard didn't have a problem with this as long as the work that was contracted would be work that would be contracted in a Private Society. Would a wall?
I would not build bombs, concentration camps, prisons exc. for the State.
I have read a lot of things about Libertarians and immigration, open borders, mass immigration, private property and such.
Would getting a contract to work on the "wall" violate the NAP? I think I have read enough from both of you that you don't think simply working on a government contract is a NAP violation, but is this different?
Well, I am against the wall but, that said, I see no problem with libertarians working on such a project as long as they don't promote the project as a great thing and don't call for additional spending for the project. Yes, it is about getting your tax money back.
If money is going to be allocated to a project, there is little that can be done about that.
However, I would expect libertarians working on such projects to be their normal bureaucratic, incompetent selves. They shouldn't break any laws that will get them in trouble but follow the rules, all of them, with a kind of Seargent Schultz spirit.
My only hesitation in providing a thumbs up on these kinds of projects is that there is a great danger of libertarians being co-opted on these types of projects and becoming mini-statists themselves. It takes a certain type of personality to walk into a statist program and remain true to liberty. Ludwig Erhard was able to do it over many years, both during the period of the Nazi regime and after. But the current walking zombies that were once libertarians who aren't even in government but just in beltarian institutions reveals the power of statist black hole in sucking in most who get too close to the state.
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