Sunday, 26 December 2010
I was listening to a podcast of a Walter Block article, tidying up the libertarian backroom, in which he gave the excerpt below, from 'Dr Strangelove' as a case in point:
In the clip we see a clear violation of the non-aggression principle, so axiomatic to libertarianism. However in the circumstances not an unreasonable act. Considering the fate of the world is hanging in the balance, robbing the coke machine is a minor matter. But in setting principles for action, we must be careful not to allow some kind of 'greater good' defence to override and nullify the non-aggression principle. As I understand it, Block's solution to the dilemma is that the individual should, when absolutely necessary, violate the non-aggression principle but must face the consequences of punishment, indeed, as a libertarian, should see the punishment as just.