There are, of course, many problems of personal liberty, wrote Murray Rothbard, which cannot be subsumed under the category of ‘involuntary servitude.’
Freedom of speech and press have long been treasured by those who confine themselves to being ‘civil libertarians’ — ‘civil’ meaning that economic freedom and the rights of private property are left out of the equation.
But we have already seen that ‘freedom of speech’ cannot be upheld as an absolute except as it is subsumed under the general rights of property of the individual (emphatically including property right in his own person).
In this week’s chapter of the audiobook presentation of For a New Liberty, Rothbard applies the libertarian principle of property rights to the following ‘civil liberties’:
- Freedom of Radio and Television
- Sex Laws
- Narcotics and Other Drugs
- Police Corruption
- Gun Laws
Chapter 7, “Education” …
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