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 Libertarian Theory
13 March 2015
Constraining the night-watchman State
by Nathan Goodman
 sub-topic» Minarchism

Beyond applying these constraints, I think we should consider something more radical: abolishing the Night-watchman state. As David Friedman argues, it is possible for private institutions to provide security and law instead of the state. Not only is it possible, but my SFL colleague Jason Byas argues that abolishing the state’s criminal justice system is a moral imperative following libertarian ethics. Abolishing the state’s monopoly on law would be beneficial for much the same reason that competitive federalism would; it would enable ease of exit and thus allow competition to improve the quality of security and law that is provided. Under competitive federalism, exiting a jurisdiction is still a somewhat costly move. Within a market anarchist legal order however, those who provide security, defense, and arbitration services operate within a competitive market, with all the beneficial incentives that entails.

28 January 2015
My disquiet at obligation to others without liberty
by Neil Lock
 sub-topic» Minarchism

Though I’ve found a lot to disagree with in David’s essay, I do recognize that libertarians and conservatives, radicals and traditionalists, are ultimately all in the same boat. Along, if I’m not hugely mistaken, with all other well meaning, honest and naturally productive people.

We all suffer the predations of a common enemy; the violent, dishonest, immoral, lying, thieving, meddling, out of date political state. And I think that to find and to know the areas in which we can agree, and to illuminate and make clear the areas where we disagree and the reasons why, are good things to be doing in the current phase of the struggle for human liberty.

28 May 2014
The Containment Conundrum
by Christopher Freiman
 sub-topic» Minarchism

Imagine that you wake up tomorrow to the minarchist society of your dreams. The state is limited to the police, the military, the courts, and a social minimum. Things are going well—until even the limited sum of state power finds itself being captured. Suppose, say, police union lobbyists work to insert fine print into some otherwise mundane legislation to create a small penalty for the possession and distribution of certain “controlled substances” to increase revenue for their department.