Equality Now

Check out Bill Anderson’s case for ending legal immunity for government officials. (By the way, here’s a context in which the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause might be strategically/rhetorically invoked to good effect. Actually the equal protection clause logically entails complete anarchism, but one thing at a time ….)

In related news, see anarcho-socialism praised on LRC.


8 Responses to Equality Now

  1. Bob Kaercher February 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    Re: The Dorothy Day piece on LRC buy Ellen Finnigan, Finnigan also has an Impeach Obama group on Facebook, as mentioned on Vanity Fair’s web site:


    I’ll be sure to sign up for that group as soon as I get a chance…

  2. Bob Kaercher February 3, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    Or rather, “by” her, not “buy” her…Yikes…

  3. Black Bloke February 3, 2009 at 3:28 pm #

    Actually the equal protection clause logically entails complete anarchism, but one thing at a time.

    I’ll just post this now rather than later:

  4. Gary Chartier February 4, 2009 at 1:41 am #

    Thanks for linking to the article about Day. When more people can see a radical decentralist but self-described socialist like her as a libertarian, we can feel confident that the conversation will really have changed. I’m glad Bill Kauffman’s included her in his list of local anarchists in Look Homeward America.

    For an anarchist (at least at the time) whose work is rooted in traditions that at least overlap with those that fed Day, see Stephen R. L. Clark, Civil Peace and Sacred Order: http://www.amazon.com/Civil-Peace-Sacred-Order-Renewals/dp/0198244460/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233729722&sr=1-1

  5. Joel Schlosberg February 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    Awhile ago, the LRC blog ran a pro-Ron Paul article by a Christian socialist:

    And anyway, I think that praising a distributist on LRC is more of a taboo breaker than a socialist.

  6. Roderick February 5, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    Also see this on LRC about Kirkpatrick Sale.

  7. Sheldon Richman February 6, 2009 at 9:35 am #

    I’m dying to know how the equal protection clause logically entails anarchism.

    • Roderick February 6, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

      The 14th Amendment requires “equal protection of the laws.” Ergo, it forbids laws granting privileges to some that it denies to others. Ergo, it forbids legally-enforced monopolies. Ergo, it forbids legally-enforced territorial monopolies of force and/or of protective services. Ergo, it forbids government.

      OK, admittedly the 14th Amendment is worded only as a restriction on the states, not on the federal government; but since the federal government is the agent of the states I would argue that it’s bound by the same rule.

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