And are you willing to cut the same slack to this tiny subset of fundamentalist Non-Aggression Principle libertarians? But how does it help to focus on this tiny pathological subset of libertarians and desperately try to convince the world that every libertarian is like this? I guess what I just said – it threatened the fabric of reality itself. This could get pretty bad.” The bartender suddenly stood up. Now no blue-eyed person will be able to go to a bar ever again!Thought experiments are a useful tool, but sometimes the best lesson to take from them is ‘things are complicated but principles still matter’.” “But surely, somewhere, there are incredibly stupid libertarians who think morality consists of the Non-Aggression Principle and nothing else, don’t believe in any other kind of virtue, and aren’t just holding it as a sacred but non-final principle the way you hold not torturing people? There are some pretty pathological socialists too – should we demand everyone accept them as the only possible representatives of socialism? ” Scarce had he finished speaking when a very-finely dressed woman stood up. “And I will give poor people money to humiliate themselves. ” But her jubilation was interrupted by another man, in the other corner of the bar.You need 51% of the population to want to eat you before you end up as dinner. Madison’s notion of natural rights, it’s harder still. “Where I will tell people that they should form a government based on socialism, and that it will be great, and nothing can possibly go wrong! Another loud noise, and my dog lay dead, bleeding on the floor in front of me. ” said a man in black body armor and a black helmet. I mean, I like to say ‘I’m against torture’, and I like to say this is a strong moral principle of mine and not just a maxim of convenience.You have to have every single person in the village agree not to feed the victim, without a single kindly old lady leaving food out on her porch at night when it’s too dark out for anyone to see. But with enough effort, you could create a ridiculous ticking-time-bomb thought experiment in which being against torture led obviously and inexorably to horrible results.After all, under libertarian principles, nobody can be told how to use their property. All of the old political philosophers used to say that libertarianism was an ideal system that could only be approached, never reached, and that even the approach would take a dedicated and virtuous population to pull it off. And it just got me thinking – what if this whole world is just a thought experiment by a communist with a crappy understanding of political philosophy trying to weak-man libertarianism?The boy’s parents, ashamed of him, will turn him out of the house with no money. They have a tradition of picking a child, and killing and eating him when he’s eighteen years old. And our population isn’t that virtuous – I mean, just the other day I heard on the news about an ethics professor who went on a violent rampage chopping the limbs off babies.” “Oh yes,” said Mr. And then I thought – frick, I better get some really good vengeful-rich-person insurance, like, right away.” “I am so confused right now.” “Well, most sources define libertarianism as a political philosophy emphasizing individual autonomy and skeptical of government intervention.
The choice nevertheless rests with the boy, and whatever he chooses will be respected. Why are Mc Donalds employees doing no-knock raids in body armor looking for marijuana? You just think it’s okay to randomly go around, kill people’s pets, terrorize their families, when you don’t know why you’re doing it? ” “I heard there were a bunch of people who were okay with private coercion, and only objected to coercion when it was applied by the State.” “What? She had won her position as Department Chair by discovering a complete theory of morality grounded in first principles with no internal incoherence or any specious assumptions, able to determine everything from the optimal number of minutes to spend speaking to your mother each week to how close you could come to beggars before you were obligated to give them money. Not that this matters, for he intends to bribe any other castanet company who hires you into firing you. (Castanets are very popular.) So you scrape together what money you have, and you open a little drive-thru castanet stand out on Route 9. ” “Well, this is going to sound weird, but – I was reading a history book a few months ago, and – you remember that time a time traveler appeared in the middle of the Constitutional Convention, making some kind of point about how democracy wouldn’t work in a village of evil cannibals? ” “I had thought it was just one of the many colorful, larger-than-life stories from the Revolution. At first he was friendly, but soon you found yourselves in an argument about horses. Or perhaps you were against them, and he was for them. As you parted ways, you expected never to see the Infinitely Rich Man again. After all, you have a good job at a castanet factory. No more lake view, and your property value diminishes by 0,000. The one condition is that she divorce you, cut contact, and never speak with you again. One day, you happened to meet the Infinitely Rich Man in a bar. She finds out that she will die, unless she goes on a treatment regimen for the rest of her life. The Infinitely Rich man pops up, and offers to pay.And I own the only factory in the world, so my employees can’t leave. The only way to fight them is with even dumber weak-man objections to libertarianism. Nobody, blue-eyed or not, is going to leave this bar.” The bartender scowled.And dire wolves eat anyone who tries to start new factories. ” “You fools,” said a wild-haired man near the window. Since there were no laws against making atomic bombs, I have built a nuke in my basement. And there’s nothing you can do about it until it’s too late, because there’s no law against owning nukes. “Nobody, rich or poor, is going to go to the farm and roll in pig excrement.” The rich woman looked skeptical.
“Couldn’t the victim just build his own house, and farm his own food? “The dire wolves would tear up the house, and trample all over the farm! ” There were more shouts and another frenzy for attention. “The chair recognizes Alexander Hamilton.” “Yo,” said Hamilton. ” “If for some reason you believe that only the government can do anything bad, and private companies…look, I don’t even want to speculate on who exactly they’re trying to straw man here.” “Not straw man. There are some real libertarians who believe only the non-aggression principle matters.” “Maybe, some of them.