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Andy Cleary
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Anarcho-libertarian, software engineer, applied mathematician
Anarcho-libertarian, software engineer, applied mathematician

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Libertarian fiction has the potential to tap into the imaginations of people in a way that arguing and debating cannot... It is hard for many to take libertarianism seriously because they've never seen it and can't imagine it. I'm writing my own libertarian novel for this very reason, but in the meantime, here's actual writing from an up and coming libertarian novelist, with parts of it at least for free.

Great stuff, George!
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I don't find the Tressel argument (or in general the anti-property argument) convincing. I think it identifies a problem, but then misdiagnoses it. To the extent that the problem is "a small minority of people control most 'natural resources'", yes, that is/would be a problem. But blaming this on "property" is a misdiagnoses. For one, the entire passage addresses only "natural resources"; it says nothing about the painting that one creates, say, or the clothes that one sews. "Property" is both enormously useful and pretty fair in the cases of created wealth, but you've thrown that baby out with the bathwater. And that's a problem because the vast majority of wealth that exists in this world is created, not simply "found", that is, natural resources are actually a small fraction of overall wealth. So the anti-property point of view focuses on a tiny minority of wealth while ignoring the mutual benefit that property relationships provide.

But I think the more salient point is that this whole thing confuses "property" with the means of enforcement. Property itself is just a relationship, an agreement, entirely voluntary: I won't take the corn you grew without asking, as long as you agree not to take the cows I've raised without asking. There is nothing exploitative or evil about a voluntary relationship and agreement. Where things go off the rail isn't a property agreement or relationship; it's when property claims are enforced with the initiation of violence. "Property" is not the cause of injustice, unfairness, and poverty; the use of violence as a means to achieve one's goals are. This applies to many situations: the thug who beats you up to take stuff; the warhawks that drop bombs on brown people because they are less than human; the zealot who thinks nothing of committing violence against someone for the 'wrong' worship; the State and its agents who initiate violence to extract taxes and do "social engineering"; and the asshole that puts up "trespassers will be shot" signs, as if "property" is something that can be asserted with a gun ("property" is an agreement, and an agreement cannot, by definition, exist under a threat of violence).

If we build a society where we never consider it legitimate for anyone to initiate violence, you will see neither the abuses of the State nor the abuses in the name - but not the reality - of "property".
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New kitchen-nook table... Hand-made by Montana Table, and quite reasonable in price. Looking forward to delivery in a week.
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Horrible picture of me - I'd just gotten off the golf course - but here I am with Gary Johnson... I got to talk to him in a group of about 10 for around 90 minutes. Very nice, likable guy. Compromises the libertarian position a bit more than I'd like, but I get why he does it. It was great to get to really talk for an extended period of time with someone who I admire a lot on several levels.
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