NB: I know Hornberger has today replied to my latest post on the topic of open borders; this post below is not in reply to Jacob’s post of today. I have been chewing on the below post for a couple of days and have decided that more chewing isn’t going to help.
I am not sure I will reply to Hornberger’s post of today. I think we are talking past each other. I am feeling that my points are either ignored or misrepresented; I do not put this solely on Jacob, as it takes two to effectively communicate (or not). Therefore, I am not sure it is worth covering the same ground again as I will likely find no better way to cover it.
Taken from the comments to my latest response to Jacob Hornberger:
Matt@Occidentalism.org May 26, 2016 at 3:45 PM
A minarchist that wants the state to keep the borders open. A state that controls the borders for the benefit of the nation's posterity is the best argument for minarchism and yet Hornberger wants to retain the rump of a state merely to force the borders open. What is his agenda?
This got me to thinking about the intersection of the subjects in the title of this post.
Hornberger, in his preceding reply to me implies he is a minarchist. I wanted to find something explicit; it is here, and stated in the first few minutes of the video interview. I paraphrase:
Scott Horton: I know you’re a minarchist and constitutionalist.
Jacob Hornberger: I ask myself what is the role of government in a free society?
Hornberger describes the need for a final arbiter as his justification for supporting minarchism. Absent such an institution, he suggests that the final arbiter will be the strongest brute (which, of course, this minarchist state would be, at least within its borders).
In the interview he directly speaks to the role of police and courts; he does not directly speak about some form of military defense (at least I didn’t catch it). He does, however, refer to the “night-watchman state.”
I find this definition:
In political philosophy, a night-watchman state is a model of a minimal state proposed by minarchists, and variously defined by sources. In the strictest sense, it is a state whose only legitimate function is the protection of individuals from assault, theft, breach of contract, and fraud, and the only legitimate governmental institutions are the military, police, and courts. In the broadest sense, it extends to various civil service and emergency-rescue departments (such as the fire departments), prisons, the executive, the judiciary, and the legislatures as legitimate government functions.
I think it is reasonable to assume that Hornberger’s definition of minarchism includes some form of military defense – a defense from invasion; there must be some way to defend from another brute coming in to enforce his “final arbitration” over yours, after all.
Also from the interview: prior to discovering libertarianism Hornberger was a liberal – he believed in the welfare state. This does, perhaps, explain certain of his leanings.
Hornberger’s call for a final arbiter is a road that leads to one place – one world government. Wherever there is a dispute between two individuals under two different jurisdictions (or, more commonly, a dispute between the government authorities of two different jurisdictions), there is no final arbiter unless there is a higher final arbiter. In other words, the only way to solve this problem via a minarchist (or any other) government (as the term is traditionally understood), is for one world government.
If one is searching for a final arbiter for the purpose of settling disputes within the context of state governments, to what other end does the road lead?
I want to come back to this later; this is especially concerning given Hornberger’s views on open borders.