Archive for private law

Private Judicial Rulings and Law Enforcement

I looked this up because some people were arguing about these issues in the comments of a previous post. I’ve given this talk at Mises U several times, but I think I really nailed the private law enforcement part in this version. Specifically, from 4:00 – 22:00. I talk about the distinction between being morally […]

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Just to Be Clear, No An-Cap Ever DID Claim Utopia

In the comments of my lighthearted post about Gene Callahan’s Poconos gulag, K.P. wrote: “At least maybe claims of libertarian society being utopian will cease now.” Unfortunately, I don’t know whether K.P. is just being a wiseguy along with me, or he is really putting his foot down and hoping that Rothbardians, going forward, stop […]

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Maybe Libertarians DO Need to Talk About “Privilege” After All?

I’m just kidding with the post title, but here’s what prompted it: Gene Callahan has bought his second (?) vacation/rental home in a private community in the Poconos, and finds that it is more oppressive than the local government he faces in the [edited to add:] rural U.S.: [T]here were a number of small trees […]

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The Bigger Threat: The Police State or Looting?

You can guess my answer. Here’s an excerpt, but you should follow the link for my surprise conclusion! But let’s put aside the specific triggers of riots and looting, and take them as given. It still doesn’t follow that we need a strong State to protect innocent lives. No, as I’ve explained elsewhere (try here and here), a […]

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How Would a Free Society Handle Quarantines?

I tackle this weighty issue at my latest LibertChat post. An excerpt: In my view, the answer here is not to try to “deduce” the blanket answer from first principles, and declare that in a free society, we would necessarily see either outcome X or outcome Y. Instead, I think we should be humble and acknowledge that […]

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The Kids Can’t Get Enough Murphy

Dennis Foster emails me (and gave permission to quote): Message: Hi Bob, I’ve had the pleasure of taking many of your on-line classes with the Mises Institute over the years (I can’t believe it’s actually been years!). In my Public Choice Theory class, we finish the semester with your Chaos Theory book, to illustrate the […]

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“Fresh Air” Really Grinds My Gears

My inaugural article at LibertyChat, where I’ll be contributing weekly. An excerpt: Earlier this week I was listening to an interesting episode of the NPR show “Fresh Air.” The host, Terry Gross, was interviewing the New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins, who was recounting his experience in Iraq while he was researching his latest article. Filkins gave […]

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Law Without the State? Murphy on Tom Woods Show

For those who prefer YouTube:

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