By Insula Qui

Author’s note: The main themes of this series are further expounded upon in my book Anarcho-Monarchism, which you can buy here.


To the conservative-minded, the most objectionable part of libertarianism is the seeming inability to reconcile virtue and decent behavior with a libertarian social order. To resolve this issue, there is a need to consider two alternatives to a more commonplace libertarian social order and propose a coherent critique of a regime with unlimited free imposition of costs with regard to immaterial externalities. What are libertarians able to do against bad neighbors, and what can libertarians do to prevent a libertarian society from becoming an ethically justifiable drug den?

Libertarianism and Violence

The libertarian ethic revolves around only using force to meet aggressive violence or fraud; initiatory force must always be unjustifiable. It could be practical to use force to prevent undesirable results, but this sort of pragmatism is not philosophically coherent and will always lead to perverse conclusions. However, this can be immensely impractical whenever force is not allowable in non-violent occasions and whenever ends cannot be met by using force. Although more ethically consistent, these are impractical outcomes for certain individuals.

This might seem to be a completely reasonable stance; there is no quantifiable disparity in rights between individuals, so anything that gives some groups a hegemony on the use of violence should be contrary to nature. Even though some groups would benefit from the use of violence, libertarians do not favor any particular groups because all people have the same inherent rights. Ultimately, non-violent means are always preferable to violent means unless it is a matter of preventing violence. But this quickly runs into a philosophical trap.

The Social Groups

Society is always divided into multiple subgroups who are more or less productive and who contribute varying amounts to the societies in which they live. As there is a massive distinction between how different groups behave, there is also a distinction between how different groups ought to be treated. However, if the same standard of non-violence were to apply to every group, it would subsidize those groups who can be parasitic without violence. These are the people who are unpleasant, subversive, and repulsive to others without being aggressive. This gives degenerates, maladjusts, and other undesirables an inherent attraction towards libertarianism, as mainstream libertarians are willing to subsidize their behavior in the name of non-violence.

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