Questions concerning morality and ethics have been pondered on since the dawn of consciousness. The ability to make our own decisions have brought along responsibility for us to distinguish between right and wrong, and most of us have some degree of conscience to remind us of our principles in circumstances with difficult choices. Conscience can, … Continue reading Dismantling Moral Relativism: The Meaning of Objective Morality and What it Means for the Credibility of Government Law
In modern America, the terms "fascism" and "fascist" have come to take on a vague meaning to describe anyone whom one considers abhorrent or disagreeable, and any technical understanding of the terms appears now to almost exclusively be held by scholars in the fields of history, political philosophy, and economics. Not only has these terms … Continue reading Book Review | As We Go Marching: A Biting Indictment to the Coming of Domestic Fascism in America – John Flynn
Given the State's far-reaching involvement in various aspects of our lives today, it's clear that the absence thereof would at least to some degree have led to an alteration of the social and economic arrangements presently characterizing our societies. Anarchists all agree that a stateless society would, generally speaking, turn out better than a Statist … Continue reading Entrepreneurship in a Stateless Society
The common perception of Anarchy today appears to be one of chaos and destruction. Without the State, it is proclaimed, violence would immediately ensue; without law, there'd be no deterrent disincentivizing this, and we'd return, in the words of Thomas Hobbes (1660), to an age where "every man is Enemy to every man", and "the … Continue reading Is Anarchy a Faustian Bargain?
A common mischaracterization of the libertarian position is that it is either indifferent to or supportive of all kinds of unethical activities conducted by businesses and individuals in the private sphere. Although this appears to be more of an attempt to stigmatize libertarianism than to carefully assess it, it's true that its proponents exert far … Continue reading On Criticising Private Businesses and the State
As both a libertarian and a student of praxeology, I was somewhat perplexed from the title of Tucker's new book The Market Loves You. Only man acts, in the sense of utilizing means purposively to achieve certain objectives, as the praxeological axiom goes; the market as an aggregate of individuals cannot by itself act, and … Continue reading Book Review: The Market Loves You | Jeffrey Tucker
During the millennia governments have existed, the core of their nature appears to hardly ever have been properly investigated or their legitimacy questioned. It's no rare phenomenon to see objections that the institution holds too much power at a given moment, or that it should not take on additional functions, but that's usually where the … Continue reading The State as a Business and Incentive Structure
Except for the belief that the State ought not to exist, not much agreement can be settled across different factions of Anarchism. Self-proclaimed Anarchists often cannot even concur about what the foundational principles behind Anarchism really are. While "Anarcho-Capitalists" or "free market Anarchists" claim that one only needs to believe the State shouldn't exist (or … Continue reading On Natural and Artificial Hierarchies
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H. L. Mencken The fundamental task the State proclaims to serve is that of protecting citizens from violence perpetrated amongst one another. For … Continue reading Why the State Revels in Crises
Can you list up all the ways that the world has improved since the Industrial Revolution? I think one hardly can, though one could get very far trying. We're enjoying living standards that were unimaginable to the people of the 19th century: twice as high life expectancy; an abundance of new goods and services that … Continue reading Why Do People Hate the Engine of Progress?