Radical Libertarianism: Applying Libertarian Principles to Dealing with the Unjust Government, Parts I & II

Reason Papers, Vol. 27, pp. 113-130, 2004

42 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2011

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Walter E. Block

Loyola University New Orleans - Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business

Date Written: July 7, 2011

Abstract

The present paper attempts to trace out the implications of the libertarian philosophy for the proper relationship between an inhabitant of a country, and its unjust government.

Part I of this paper includes section 2, in which the stage is set for answering this challenging question, section 3, in which the essence of the state is discussed, section 4, in which libertarian punishment theory is introduced and the beginning of section 5, in which the concept of the libertarian Nuremberg trial is explored, and in 5a. the assumption that all citizens are guilty of the crimes of the unjust state is rejected.

In Part II of this paper, we begin with section 5b. which considers the possibility that all and only minions of the unjust state are guilty for its crimes, in a continuation of our libertarian Nuremberg trial analysis, and 5c. introduces libertarian ruling class theory. Section 6 traces out the proper relations between the subjects and the unjust government, section 7 asks if it is ever legitimate to disrupt such an institution, and we conclude in section 8.

Suggested Citation

Block, Walter E., Radical Libertarianism: Applying Libertarian Principles to Dealing with the Unjust Government, Parts I & II (July 7, 2011). Reason Papers, Vol. 27, pp. 113-130, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1881067

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