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Friday, July 04, 2008

Mencius Moldbug and How Libertarianism Can Go Wrong

A few years ago, I posted How Libertarianism Can Go Wrong. I just realized the political theories of Mencius Moldbug are an example of Nos. 2 and 4:

  1. ………
  2. Exaggerate parental rights. (You can think of the Elian Gonzalez case as a possible beginning.) Parents can sell their children into slavery. Any offspring of the slaves are considered offspring of the owners and thus can also be enslaved.
  3. ………
  4. Apply property rights with enclosure acts to government. (I was inspired by a discussion on Samizdata.) If property rights ensure that property is taken care of better, then clearly the government will be more competent if it is owned outright by an Emperor. The Empire must be hereditary to ensure that the Emperor wants to preserve the value of his property over the long term. If we do not currently live in an Empire, we must turn the government over to an Emperor as soon as possible.
In other words, the “How Libertarianism Can Go Wrong” post was not a collection of straw men.

I thought I'd celebrate Independence Day by disagreeing with UnAmerican ideologies. (In this case, monarchism.)

Speaking of monarchists, does Louis Epstein have a blog? On the other hand, maybe Louis Epstein is Mencius Moldbug …

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