Archive | June 18, 2008

A Note on the Treatment of Libertarians in Intellectual History

I found this fragment in some undated notes I was making for a blog post. I now have no idea for what context the following remarks were intended, so I thought I’d put them up on their own:

Say is made a disciple of Smith, and Hodgskin a disciple of Ricardo, though each was an independent thinker and quite critical of his supposed mentor. Spencer is dubbed a “Social Darwinist,” despite anticipating Darwin by several years. Bastiat is called a mere populariser, his original contributions overlooked; the individualist anarchists are treated as mere footnotes to Stirner, despite the fact that most of them (even Tucker) formed their views independently of Stirner. Rand is dismissed as a vulgariser of Nietzsche, while Rothbard, in a chronological reversal, has been described as a follower of Nozick.

Immanuel Kant’s Howdy Duty Show

Actually this has nothing to do with Kant, it’s just a grab bag of random stuff:

Hurray for the Belgians! Not only did they pioneer market anarchism (with Molinari and de Puydt), but they also pioneered the internet. (Conical hat tip to LRC.)

helmet of liberty - don't sit on me Meanwhile, on the other side of the Channel: an enjoyable piece (and how many American politicians could write so well?), but a bad analogy: choosing whether to impose a constraint on oneself and choosing whether to impose a constraint on others are not liberty/security trade-offs in anything close to the same sense.

Farther north, left-libertarian science-fiction writer Ken MacLeod points out a few problems with Christopher Hitchens’ atheist manifesto.

And on this side of the Atlantic: the joys of bureaucracy.

Also take a look at the percentage of the united states that is subject to federal land monopoly.

Finally, two items about the skewed perceptions of the Associated Press: first, they think they have the authority to make IP restrictions even tighter than the government’s; second, they think a species isn’t extinct when biologists say so; it’s only extinct when bureaucrats say so. (So the AP hierarchy is: science; above that, the state; above that, the AP.)

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