Gun Control and the Anti-Capitalist Mentality
After reading a review of The Illusion of Free Markets (apparently based on the theory that property rights require the State which, of course, means that everybody with property is on welfare), I realized the connection between gun control and socialism. In a society where you are unable to defend yourself, it's easy to think that property requires the State whereas if you are able to defend yourself, private property is seen as something that precedes the State. (My earlier criticisms of the claim that property rights are another type of welfare can be found here and here.)
Where do they get their crazy ideas?
The Illusion of Free Markets was written by Bernard Harcourt, a student of Sheldon Wolin, the author of a heaping pile of organic fertilizer known as Inverted Totalitarianism (earlier criticized here). I'm reminded of the following quote from Richard Mitchell:
IT is a poet's luxury to sit around and wonder what the vintners buy one half so precious as the stuff they sell. For us, it is harsh necessity to discover what the school people learn one half so preposterous as the stuff they teach. It's not all that easy, for the stuff they learn usually turns out to be twice as preposterous as the stuff they teach.
This argument does not lead where it was intended
While looking for comments on The Illusion of Free Markets, I found the following question:
If you have any idea of how the Mafia operated , think about it, and think about what a legalized Mafia would be doing, acting like, etc.We know what kind of government the Mafia would set up. It would include gun control (ObSF: The Syndic by C. M. Kornbluth).