Saturday, 11 September 2010

The oldest racket

Thomas E. Woods Jr discusses one of his lesser-known books 'We Who Dared to Say No to War', an anthology of anti-war writings from the 1812 War to the present, and sets out why a libertarian cannot go along with gung-ho, my-country-right-or-wrong-ism.

One of the essays included, and referred to above is Murray Rothbard's 'War, Peace and the State', wherein it is stated:
The fundamental axiom of libertarian theory is that no one may threaten or commit violence ("aggress") against another man's person or property. Violence may be employed only against the man who commits such violence; that is, only defensively against the aggressive violence of another. In short, no violence may be employed against a non-aggressor. Here is the fundamental rule from which can be deduced the entire corpus of libertarian theory.
Recorded in Auburn, Alabama, at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, 21 July 2010.


Quiet_Man said...

I've always believed the libertarian ethos to be that arms and armed forces are for defence including that of our allies. This would also mean choosing our allies very, very carefully, though it doesn't preclude having nuclear weapons or the ability if necessary to project force globally should we have need too. For that end I believe we should have a well armed taxpayers militia Swiss style and keep our noses out of businesses abroad that are not our concern.

Trooper Thompson said...

I think I agree with that. We should apply the same principles to war as are applied to individual acts. It's one thing to shoot someone who breaks into your house, quite another to break into somebody's house and shoot them.

Mark Wadsworth said...


As to the post title, have you tried putting it on eBay?

Trooper Thompson said...

Some wear and tear but recently re-strung.