Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Intellectual Offspring of Thick Libertarians

This is the natural outcome of those who suggest libertarian thought must (or even should) embrace something more than the non-aggression principle and the associated rights to property.  Introducing Andrew Cohen, writing at Bleeding Heart Libertarians:

In this post, I explain why libertarians—or at least minarchist BH-libertarians—ought to endorse parental licensing.  The basic idea is simple: parental licensing could reduce overall regulations, regulatory bodies, and governmental interventions in private life, while also significantly reducing the harms to children, providing better respect for their rights. 

Reducing harm; pragmatic arguments.  All of the garbage of thick libertarianism in two sentences. 

I’m writing a paper on the topic, so serious objections are welcome.

Please.  I am not going to bother tackling this one – the many objections and horrific ramifications are so obvious as to not even need comment. 

The Andrew Cohens of the world are the intellectual offspring of Jeffrey Tucker, Sheldon Richman, and the like. 

Jeffrey and Sheldon, stand up and be counted. Deal with this mess – if not a mess of your creation, at least of your support.


  1. """"I’m writing a paper on the topic, so serious objections are welcome.""'

    But first he must get his writers licence, ideas can be a dangerous thing.

  2. BHL constantly gives credence to the phrase "high IQ idiots."

    People who are uncomfortable dealing with the logical consequences of the application of arbitrary force will go to extraordinary lengths to justify their desire for control. At some point, "because I care about other people" just becomes an iron curtain behind which they hide their fear of the unknowability of the universe, their lack of faith in spontaneous order and their unwillingness to acknowledge that, by and large, the long term trends of evolution favor the survival of average people of average intelligence.

    There's a good reason that Jesus preferred the company of ordinary sinners: unpretentious people are consistently honest about themselves.