Wednesday, February 4, 2015

(Re-Post) Curious about Anarcho-Captialism?

Original post 11/27/14: If you're not, you should be. Either way, this is a fascinating, illuminating, and highly educational article from the founder of the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, Lew Rockwell.  Consider this superb early segment that captures the critical, and essential, foundational concepts from which the intellectual edifice of anarcho-capitalism is built:
If I had to boil it down to a handful of insights, they would be these: (1) each human being, to use John Locke’s formulation, “has a property in his own person”; (2) there ought to be a single moral code binding all people, whether they are employed by the State or not; and (3) society can run itself without central direction.From the original property one enjoys in his own person we can derive individual rights, including property rights. When taken to its proper Rothbardian conclusion, this insight actually invalidates the State, since the State functions and survives on the basis of systematic violation of individual rights. Were it not to do so, it would cease to be the State.
Rockwell provides us with an historical account of the influential early proponents of this world view, including the king of anarcho-capitalism, Murray Rothbard.  Good read over the holidays!

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