Archive | July 16, 2012

Cordial and Sanguine, Part 37: When Spontaneous Orders Attack

Sometime BHL guest blogger Charles Johnson’s essay “Women and the Invisible Fist” is the first round in a Mutual Exchange on Spontaneous Order over at Center for a Stateless Society. Another essay by myself, followed by commentary on both essays from philosophers Nina Brewer-Davis, Reshef Agam-Segal, and David Gordon, will follow over the next couple of weeks.

One of Charles’ main themes is that the concept of spontaneous order (à la Hayek) is used ambiguously. Sometimes it means consensual rather than coercive order; sometimes it means polycentric or participatory rather than directive order; and sometimes it means emergent rather than consciously designed order.

What does that have to do with feminism, libertarianism, patriarchy, and rape culture? Find out.

Also announced at BHL.

Less In Vegas

Here’s a fun, brief speech from Less Antman at the LP convention.

Some favourite bits:

As someone who joined the Libertarian Party more than 32 years ago, when our party and platform already was committed to marriage equality, while the rest of the country, including Democrats, were still debating gay imprisonment, I can tell you the first 27 years were the hardest.

Antiwar is the health of the antistate movement.

[Obama] holds the record for the most children killed by a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

(I have my doubts about the last statistic, though; remember that Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat, and Mikhail Gorbachev were all winners as well. Admittedly most of their killings were committed before rather than after winning the prize, but Kissinger still got a good score in afterward, though admittedly as an advisor rather than a direct commander.)

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