The Myth of “The Rule of Law”

by Brainpolice 28 April 2008 The theory of a republic is essentially that, in contrast to democracy in which there is tyranny of the majority and in contrast to monarchy in which there is the rule of a single man or oligarchy, the law itself is what rules rather than …

Turnkey Tyranny

After reading Exposing the Turnkey Tyranny I went down a rabbit hole for a minute, and share this:   The sooner the state is smaller the better to deflate “the nation-state, now play[ing] fund-raiser for a new-brand power-concentrate.” …and we thought nation-state were a bad idea The government has granted …

Self-Ownership is Bad Logic, Not Just Bad Grammar

“Self-ownership” is a ubiquitous buzzword in libertarian discourse because it’s often used as a platform, along with The Non-Aggression Principle, for property rights. It’s a conundrum of modern libertarianism because it’s impossible, and it can be used to ill ends like voluntary slave contracts (see Robert Nozick and Walter Block). …

Terminology In Moral Discourse

brainpolice source   I’ve found the way that certain terms are sometimes used in moral discourse to be interesting and sometimes frustrating. The two most common cases of this that I’ve run into revolves around the terms “happiness” and “selfishness”. What I’ve found is that there is a confusion in …

Universality Isn’t Enough (And Sometimes Too Rigid?)

brainpolice source Universality Isn’t Enough Some of the common arguments for libertarianism are essentially elimative arguments from universality. For example, in “For A New Liberty”, Murray Rothbard rules out what he considers to be the two alternatives to “self-ownership”, I.E. either one class of people owning another class of people …

No Property

Is there a difference between a possession and property? Some will say property can be used/abused to exploit, while possessions cannot. And there are many other explanations. Proudhon coined the infamous “property is theft” (here). To which Marx asked how could there be theft if there is no property? But I’m not so sure he …

Molyneux Criticisms

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YqghKRF9564 http://www.fdrliberated.com/ http://libertarian-left.blogspot.com/search/label/The%20Molyneux%20Project http://liberatingminds.forumotion.com/forum http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=4A6B1FC073800C4C   Review of Laughingman’s Debate With Stefbot brainpolice Stefan Molyneux recently had a debate with my friend John (laughingman0X) on youtube, which was video recorded using oovoo and consequently put up on Stefbot’s channel on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZQSUFGbEqI&feature=player_embedded). As was to be expected, Molyneux barely directly …

Is Panarchy A Coherent Concept?

brainpolice source I have a confession to make: I have a more totalistic and non-inclusive/non-tolerant concept of freedom than many of my peers in the libertarian anarchist movement. Actually, this really isn’t a confession so much as something that should be obvious based on many of my criticisms of certain …

Absolutist Propertarianism Dissolves All Rights

brainpolice source In a strict propertarian view, all rights are property rights (and likely to be treated as commodities-in-themselves). In my view, property rights are an extension of (and inherently constrained by) a more general right of personal sovereignty. A claimed property right that isn’t consistent with respect for personal …

What Is Mutualism?

brainpolice source To be honest, while mutualism is a term that I’ve come to adopt for myself, it isn’t entirely clear to me what mutualism is. What I mean by this is that it seems hard to identify an essential feature that all of the people who call themselves mutualists …