Every so often, I bring up the topic of religion. This is because I like to target Christians with some of my messages because the ideas should appeal to beliefs that they already have. I should know—I’m a practicing Catholic. To continue with this goal, I’d like to share a nice piece I recently came across by Letter of Liberty describing how anarcho-capitalism is perfectly compatible with Christianity.
The article defends the peace and liberty movement against some commonly held objections, specifically ones that appear to run counter to Christian teachings. These objections are made by Christian statists and even some libertarians who engage in a strange, almost fratricidal criticism of Christian libertarians.
There is one part in particular that I’d like to add an addendum to—the last portion of the article provides a lengthy and detailed rebuttal to the Romans 13 critique. Romans 13:1-7 reads: Continue reading →
Political authority (hereafter, just ‘authority’) is the hypothesized moral property in virtue of which governments may coerce people in certain ways not permitted to anyone else, and in virtue of which citizens must obey governments in situations in which they would not be obligated to obey anyone else. Authority, then, has two aspects:
(i) Political legitimacy: the right, on the part of a government, to make certain sorts of laws and enforce them by coercion against the members of its society–in short, the right to rule.
(ii) Political obligation: the obligation on the part of citizens to obey their government, even in circumstances in which one would not be obligated to obey similar commands issued by a non-governmental agent.
If a government has ‘authority’, then both (i) and (ii) exist: the government has the right to rule, and the citizens have the obligation to obey.
This past Wednesday, Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona, vetoed a law giving business owners the freedom to choose not to do business with people based on their religious convictions. That’s right, we need laws passed in the “land of the free” to allow us to do business with who we want. Does this mean that a pro-life cater would be required to cater a planned parenthood event? Do Jewish bakeries have to make cakes for Catholic weddings? I don’t know why a Catholic would go to a Jewish baker for a wedding cake, just like I don’t know why a gay couple would want to patronize a business that does not Continue reading →
So Michael Anissimov of Moreright.net has challenged libertarians to debate him because he’s “tired of harmful libertarian ideas.” In his blog post, he specifically targets immigration and, unfortunately for him, no one of any popularity seems very willing to take him up on it. Fortunately, that’s where the “lesser known” sites can come in and fill that void for him!
Based on his post, it is clear that Anissimov has an anti-immigration stance. If he could support this view, that’s fine, but it’s all mostly based on faulty generalizations. Let’s take it line by line:
The vast majority of immigrants do not strengthen and enrich American culture, they are only interested in keeping their own culture and having us accommodate them. Continue reading →
Over a year ago, I wrote an article titled Fundamentals: What is government? I gave a pretty technical definition of government (or the state), but over the last several months, I’ve found myself giving a much more practical explanation of what government is.
If you strip it down to its most basic functions, the state is a means to limit choice. This is a value-free statement and should not be used to support the institution of government or reject it. However, once any analysis of this statement occurs, it is easy to see that a positive outcome of an involuntary government can be judged as a utopian ideal. Continue reading →
We’ve posted some content from Julie Borowski before and she does a great job of spreading the message of liberty to many people, including those new to the movement. Today, she posted a video that’s a little bit out of the ordinary for her, but she felted moved on the eve of Valentine’s Day.
I’m not much of a wordsmith when it comes to these types of things, so I’ll allow Julie to do the talking. Continue reading →
But that’s really irrelevant to the topic I want to talk about. There seems to be a new trendy way to argue against free markets: “Well, that’s all well and good, but theory doesn’t explain how things really work.” And then they leave it at that. You take time to come up with an argument that is logically sound and rational and utilize ideas like supply and demand and the law of comparative advantage, but the only response is: “Blah, that’s just theory!” Continue reading →