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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/13823/statism-left-right-and-center/

Statism Left, Right, and Center

September 7, 2010 by

For a long while it has been clear that statists, right, left, and center, have been growing more and more alike — that their common devotion to the State has transcended their minor differences in style. FULL ARTICLE by Murray N. Rothbard

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Logan September 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm

I love Rothbard, but he seems to have an obsessive dislike of Buckley.

John P. Cunnane September 7, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Perhaps, but the column is about the hypocrisy of those that believe that you can have cultural freedom without economic freedom, or economic freedom without cultural freedom. Neither free markets nor liberty have “hearts”. This is why classical liberalism does not appeal to the majority of Americans. Many Americans want to impose their concept of morality (virtue) on their neighbors through government (coercion) .

RTB September 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Free markets are not people. They are only an absence of government interference. People have hearts and are free to help those in need. Free people voluntarily helping those in need are far better than slaves paying tribute to a State which only wastes their money.

huh September 8, 2010 at 12:42 am

Reading about “virtue” in the essay reminded me of this conundrum.

Lysander Spooner says:
“Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property.
Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another.”

If virtue is an antonym of vice, then are criminal acts which do not harm either one’s own self or one’s own property to be considered as virtuous acts? I think not, and thus virtue is likely not an antonym for vice.

So what then is virtue? How is it to be defined? Acts which harm nobody and no one’s property? What does it even mean to harm someone’s property? Harm according to whom, dear methodological individualism?

Virtue September 9, 2010 at 1:39 am

At least in my culture, the word “virtue” is not limited in its definition to only being an antonym of vice, but also an antonym of crime. In real-world usage, words are not limited to only one definition, but can have multiple meanings concurrently.

thomas sabo September 9, 2010 at 2:51 am

You mean, nobody came? Nice pics.

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