Monday, May 12, 2008

In Defense of Rules (Anthony Gregory)

Anthony Gregory says that contrary to popular perception, libertarians value rules very highly, while the state "values" them at its whim and in fact claims to be above its own rules:

Libertarians, especially of the anarchist variety, are often accused of wanting a world of disorder. It is the inevitable tendency of humans to organize themselves socially, and to form rules for civilized conduct, we are often told.

Perhaps some people who promote the idea of statelessness indeed shun rules in general, although I have been fortunate not to encounter many. In truth, we libertarians have no objection to rules. To the contrary, we see rules and indeed law as composing the cornerstone of a just, civil world.

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