Re: Knee jerk libertarianism

Michael Lorrey (
Tue, 06 Jan 1998 20:47:46 -0500

Robin Hanson wrote:
> >I suggested a mechanism earlier to approach consideration of these
> >questions without this knee-jerk response of anti-coercion. Suppose you
> >have a choice of "worlds" to go to (I suggested space stations, but in
> >a more realistic context it could be alternative grocery stores with
> >different policies). Which would you prefer? What set of conventions
> >for unplanned interactions do you think would be most pleasant?
> I strongly endorse this suggestion of Hal's. I also tire of seeing
> interesting and fundamental questions diverted into unproductive
> debates over natural rights or the US constitution.

I tire of it as well, but more toward the incredulity that these areas
would need to be debated. I think that this is a strong indication of
how much many of the most progressive people are still, at their deepest
levels, under the influence of anti-individualist, anti-progress memes,
and a warning that if such memes remain in such individuals, how
pervasive and dominating they must be amongst the masses.

			Michael Lorrey
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