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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
  • Is there such a thing as a ‘necessary’ evil?

    It puzzles me how many people say this or that thing or particular action is a ‘necessary’ evil. Didn’t you just say it is evil? If it is evil then how is it necessary? How can you do good by doing something evil? Necessary evil seems pretty much like an oxymoron to me. This happens...
    Posted to General (Forum) by Dylan of Rivia on Fri, Apr 20 2012
  • Morality vs. legality of child neglect

    Rothbard writes here : [T]he parent should have the legal right not to feed the child, i.e., to allow it to die. The law, therefore, may not properly compel the parent to feed a child or to keep it alive. (Again, whether or not a parent has a moral rather than a legally enforceable obligation to keep...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by FlyingAxe on Fri, Mar 2 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
  • Belief in objective morality a large impediment to anarchy?

    It occurred to me recently, reading arguments against libertarianism/anarcho-capitalism, that the majority of opposition to it seems to stem from people's beliefs in objective moralities. To elaborate, I'm referring to when people take their own subjective moral preferences to be an absolute...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by MadMiser on Tue, Oct 25 2011
  • Morality of using gold and silver as money

    Is it more moral to use gold and silver as money than it is to use paper? I believe fiat currency is immoral and anti-philosophical. How would you make a moral case for gold as opposed to an efficiency case?
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Freedom4Me73986 on Wed, Jun 22 2011
  • Best Fiction (Books or Movies) With a Theme of Freedom

    I feel like this could end up being a fun post. I still haven't read Atlas Shrugged, but I've heard from everyone that it's a great book and promotes the free market. What are some other good books and movies that support the idea of a free society. Only fiction, please. However, if you know...
    Posted to General (Forum) by BrianAnderson on Sat, Jun 26 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
  • Re: The strange appeal of socialism. Why?

    [quote user="liberty student"] [quote user="William Green"]The rational part can overcome the animal, but it doesn't often do so.[/quote] All human action is rational . [quote user="William Green"]It seems clear that most of humanity is typically governed by the "animal"...
    Posted to General (Forum) by William Green on Thu, Nov 12 2009
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