"The cult of the omnipotent state has millions of followers in the united States. Americans of today view their government in the same way as Christians view their God; they worship and adore the state and they render their lives and fortunes to it. Statists believe that their lives -- their very being -- are a privilege that the state has given to them. They believe that everything they do is -- and should be -- dependent on the consent of the government." ~ Jacob Hornberger
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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