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  • Why I don't believe in the non-aggression principle.

    I originally posted this to my tumblr and someone suggested that I post it to the Mises forums so that the responses could change my mind. I doubt it, but I'm doing it anyway. I used to be one of those “aggression/threats are inherently immoral” type of libertarian, but I’ve come...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Positive Agorist on Mon, Apr 30 2012
  • ethics of stock price manipulation

    I have been reading " Reminiscences of a Stock Operator" by Jesse Livermore, there he explains how he managed to 'manipulate' the stock price up (i.e buy back a small quantity of stocks to raise the price and stir up the interest of speculators) before unloading a huge pool of shares...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by passsingbird on Wed, Mar 28 2012
  • business ethics and the state

    "The only way to get businesses to act ethically is by Government regulation in the form of legislation. How else would it work?" Is this statement true, if not why not?
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by iddqdfree on Fri, Mar 23 2012
  • Why is coercion bad?

    So I'm reading Ethics of Liberty , and Rothbard makes a distinction between freedom of choice and power or abundance of choice. If man is stranded on a deserted island, he has a completely unrestricted freedom of choice. Unfortunately, he doesn't have much of an abundance of choice: he can either...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by tunk on Sat, Nov 12 2011
  • On the strategy of persuasion, a caveat.

    There is a disturbing trend that I’ve come across lately and that is when, people of anarcho-capitalism persuasion drag down their fellow free-market libertarians and minarchists for not going 'all the way'. Now i personally would say that support the rights-based anarcho-capitalist ideal;...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Cyther Lynx on Mon, Mar 7 2011
  • Selling videogames without IP...what do you think?

    So I am in an odd place... I adhere wholly to the libertarian viewpoint that "IP" is actually an unethical state monopoly, but I am an entrepreneur in an industry (videogames) where it's tough to find people who agree, and even harder to convince them that this is a sustainable practice...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by vagrantpostman on Sat, Feb 19 2011
  • Homesteading: Axiom or Principle?

    I get how self-ownership is axiomatic. I don't get how homesteading is axiomatic, yet I often hear it referred to as the "homesteading axiom" rather than the "homesteading principle." Is this it an axiom, or are some libertarians trying to prove too much?
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by geniusiknowit on Thu, Oct 14 2010
  • A Socio-biological perspective on politics and classical libertarian thought.

    Hey everyone, so this is my first post. i've written my ideas in essay form because other people are likely to read it and i don't like changing the introduction around. hope you enjoy and try at answering my questions. although i think the likely hood is that you will disagree with at least...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Cyther Lynx on Fri, Oct 8 2010
  • Should a Starving Man Steal Bread?

    One of the more famous scenarios posed in discussions of morality and ethics is whether a man is morally(ethically) justified is stealing a loaf of bread from a merchant to feed his starving family. There's a collection of strong viewpoints from each pole and a large group in the middle who see both...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Gregory on Mon, Apr 19 2010
  • Morality of accepting government handouts

    I've re-read Walter Block's paper on libertarian punishment theory and I believe he gave a talk which I don't recall what it was called but it's somewhere in the archive, so I am basing my question around the discussion there. Block's approach to the sort of ethics of liberty - specifically...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by champthom on Tue, Feb 2 2010
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