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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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).


Anonymous Vader said...


The myth is that a free market is an unregulated market. Nothing could be further from the truth.

It is the nature of the regulations, not the fact of regulations, that determine whether a market is free. Regulations aimed simply at maintaining an orderly market with sensible, generally applicable rules to prevent fraud are essential to the existence of a free market.

Regulations aimed at determining outcomes ... those are what make a market cease to be free.

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"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." It seems to me you could look at some well known families and determine how a legalized mafia would operate. The rules would not apply to them but iron clad for the rest of us. Do you need names?

8:06 PM  

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