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The Blockean Proviso

Philosophy and MethodologyPrivate PropertySubjectivism

Blog09/11/2007

I was having an interesting discussion via email about one of Walter Block's arguments. A quick summary. Block says that just as nature abhors a vacuum, libertarianism "abhors" unowned...

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Thoughts on the Latecomer and Homesteading Ideas; or, why the very idea of "ownership" implies that only libertarian principles are justifiable

Calculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical TheoryPrivate Property

Blog08/15/2007

The following is an edited version of my recent post on a libertarian discussion list. I've often noted how Hoppe's writings on libertarian ethics stress the importance of the "prior-later" distinction and the problems with the "latecomer" ethic. A few thoughts on...

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Coase and the light pole

Legal SystemInterventionismPrivate Property

Blog08/14/2007

Coasian ethics have come to roost in Ohio, or roast as the case may be (roasted soybeans in this instance).

The Columbus Dispatch reported that an Ohio Court of Claims...

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Ma Kettle and Bugs Bunny in China

Political TheoryPrivate Property

Blog03/26/2007

Seems the Communist Chinese have a better grasp of the sanctity of property rights than many US municipalities. The International Herald Tribune is reporting that Ma Kettle of Chongqing, China,...

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The Minimum Wage and the "Blood Tax"

Taxes and SpendingPolitical TheoryPrivate Property

Blog01/04/2007

Just before Christmas I received the following from Joe Fullmer, and submit it to readers for their consideration:

"I am a lay economist — I have no formal training, but I read much, and annoy my friends and associates. So, my...

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Mutualism's Support for the Exploitation of Labor and State Coercion

Other Schools of ThoughtPrivate Property

Blog06/23/2006

Mutualism claims to oppose the exploitation of labor, i.e., the theft of any part of its product. But when it comes to labor that has been mixed with land, it turns a blind eye and comes out foursquare on the side of the exploiter.

Thus, to elaborate on the case I presented in my last post...

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Don't Bury Uncle Bob in the Back Yard

Big GovernmentPrivate Property

Blog06/02/2006

I loved my cat. Probably as much as my cousin, Malcolm, who owed me fifty bucks. So when she died — my cat, not Malcolm — I was unhappy. I remembered the words of Genesis. "Dust thou art and to dust returneth." How depressing. But I cheered up a little when I reread that...

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