Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ebeling and Hornberger: How Can We Possibly Advance Toward Liberty?

Richard Ebeling's point that we can't know all the undercurrents in society is a very important observation. Along with Jacob Hornberger's comment on why it is important to stand for principle.

This is a great discussion and provides understanding on how important political trends can develop and the power of ideas.

1 comment:

  1. This was a very good discussion, but it never ceases to amaze me how such learned and thoughtful people can so easily stop at mincarchism. First they will state how private markets can provide goods and services much more effectively than the government can, and that voluntary exchange is the fairest system, and then in the next breath they assume, without persuasively arguing, that the government has to provide defense, policing and dispute resolution goods and services, implicitly accepting the government's legitimacy as a coercive monopolist in providing these things.

    Yet there is nothing unique about these goods and services as economic goods, nor any logical reason or moral exception why, in funding and "supplying" them, the state should have any legitimacy in its use of force.

    In fact, I would argue that minarchists pick the worst three aspects of the state in defining the state's province. Look at the loss of life, injury and the destruction of property and careers that the state's military, police and courts wreak on society. I would have more respect for minarchism if the state were limited to providing national parks, funding for scientific research into the sexual habits of molluscs, and golfing outings for the president.