"No government of the left has done as much for the poor as capitalism has. Even when it comes to the redistribution of income, the left talks the talk but the free market walks the walk. What do the poor most need? They need to stop being poor. And how can that be done, on a mass scale, except by an economy that creates vastly more wealth? Yet the political left has long had a remarkable lack of interest in how wealth is created. As far as they are concerned, wealth exists somehow and the only interesting question is how to redistribute it." ~ Thomas Sowell
Libertarianism in 42 Words, 9 Premises and 4 Conclusions
Column by Jakub Bozydar Wisniewski.
Exclusive to STR
1. Intention presupposes liberty.
2. Morality presupposes intention.
3. Property presupposes morality.
4. Exchange requires property.
5. Efficiency requires exchange.
6. Well-being requires efficiency.
7. Coercion negates liberty.
8. Coercion negates morality. (From (1), (2) and (7).)
9. Coercion negates efficiency. (From (3), (4), (5) and (8).)
10. Coercion negates well-being. (From (6) and (9).)
11. Morality, efficiency and well-being constitute humanity.
12. States require coercion.
13. States negate humanity. (From (8), (9), (10), (11) and (12).)
Jakub Bozydar Wisniewski is a philosophy graduate from the University of Cambridge, a three-time summer fellow at the Mises Institute, and a three-time fellow at the Institute for Humane Studies, currently working on a PhD in Austrian Economics in London. He has published in, among others, Independent Review, Libertarian Papers, Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, and Reason Papers. Visit his blog at jakubw.com
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