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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The strange appeal of socialism. Why?

    If you have read Lew Rockwell's article today , you may be discouraged as I am. It raises a question I have been wrestiling with. I will try to put it into words: If freedom is the path to greater human fulfillment (and I believe it is), and if people naturally seek higher satisfaction (fulfillment...
    Posted to General (Forum) by William Green on Thu, Nov 12 2009
  • Virtue Ethics

    Upon examination, I have recently found that virtue ethics has had a greater and greater appeal to me. As I understand philosophy, ethics is a subgroup of axiology, the study of values (good and bad). Thus, ethics is ultimately the study of objectively good and bad actions. Unfortunately, the ethical...
    Posted to General (Forum) by krazy kaju on Tue, Nov 10 2009
  • Re: I want to see Rothbardians defend a puppy getting its ears and tail hacked off

    [quote user="AJ"]If that's his position, then presumably he thinks dogs should (for the purpose of not offending his empathy) have the right not to have their ears lopped off, but should not have the right not to be executed outright. That would be an odd position, but it's his own...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Daniel James Sanchez on Sun, Jul 19 2009
  • Re: The question of "natural" rights

    [quote user="laminustacitus"]Your point being?[/quote] The point is delivered in this line: Let a man's insensibility be ever so great, he must often be touched with the images of Right and Wrong; and let his prejudices be ever so obstinate, he must observe, that others are susceptible...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Daniel James Sanchez on Sat, Jul 11 2009
  • Re: The question of "natural" rights

    [quote user="laminustacitus"]If morality does not exist then the entire natural rights theory dies along with objective ethics.[/quote] "Those who have denied the reality of moral distinctions, may be ranked among the disingenuous disputants; nor is it conceivable, that any human creature...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Daniel James Sanchez on Sat, Jul 11 2009
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