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“Your government cannot protect your property by stealing half of it first.” (For us in the United States, it might be more like 40%, not half).

“It cannot protect your money by forcing you to use a currency it counterfeits at will.” (The Federal Reserve).

-from Stefan Molyneux’s video, the Story of Your Unenslavement. I’m not too crazy about his conclusion, as is typical for Stefan it focuses entirely too much on child rearing, but I couldn’t get away from those two quotes. How incredibly succinct he made two complicated ideas. The video as a whole is definitely not one of his better ones. But…

The first quote touches on what originally troubled me about minarchism. The contradiction (as Walter Block puts it, a “rights violating rights protector”) really jumped out at me as I first read Bastiat’s “The Law” long ago. It made me question the idea of a government at all. Which of course led me down the path to market anarchism via Murray Rothbard, Hans Hoppe, David Friendman, Bob Murphy, etc.

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Written by jlongo12

December 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Posted in libertarianism

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