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A Minarchist is an Anarchist who has been mugged December 23, 2008

Posted by federalist in Government, Natural Rights, Social Politics.
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I’ve spent some time over on the Mises Institute’s forums, which seem to be largely populated with anarchists — indeed, anarchists who haven’t yet had to put forth a detailed philosophy for a practical world built on their principles.  Since I would describe myself as more of a minarchist it has been amusing to be in the position of arguing for government!

[Addendum: Nicolas Maloberti offers a good description of the fundamentally impractical nature of anarchist philosophy in Part I of his essay at the Libertarian Papers.]

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1. Francois Tremblay - December 24, 2008

How doubly ironic that the “possibly related post” for this entry is my own “Why minarchism is the greatest delusion.” It makes good counter-reading to your entry:
part 1- http://francoistremblay.wordpress.com/2007/09/02/why-minarchism-is-the-greatest-delusion-part-13/
part 2- http://francoistremblay.wordpress.com/2007/09/06/194/
part 3- http://francoistremblay.wordpress.com/2007/09/10/why-minarchism-is-the-greatest-delusion-part-33/

2. federalist - December 24, 2008

Those posts are a good summary of anarchist arguments against minarchy. There is no question that anything but anarchy is a logical minefield. But neither is there any question in my mind that some government is necessary: As Madison elaborated in Federalist 51, men are not angels. But neither is government by angels possible, which is why the founding fathers fully expected that periodic revolutions — including violent revolutions — against the government would be necessary to preserve the minarchy they proposed. Viva la revolucion!

3. Jesse - January 12, 2009

minarchy doesn’t solve the issue of who should have authority. anarchy at least challenges that question at all times.

“liberty requires eternal vigilance.”


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