Rejoinder to Holcombe on the Inevitability of Government
Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 49-60, Spring 2007
42 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 21, 2011
Holcombe (2004) argued that government was inevitable. In Block (2005) I maintained that this institution was not unavoidable. Holcombe (2007) takes issue with that response of mine to his earlier paper, and the present essay is, in turn, a response to his latest missive in this conversation. In section I, I deal with what I can consider an anomaly in Holcombe's argument. Section II is devoted to a consideration of his dismissal of my paper on grounds of fallacy of composition. The burden of section III is to consider Holcombe's supposed refutation of my views on the basis of his comments about the price ceiling; in section IV, I comment on the examples offered by this author, and in section V, I examine his claim that he is not actually supporting government. I conclude in section VI.
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