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By Hoppe, Hans-Hermann; Hülsmann, Jörg Guido; Kinsella, Stephan

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That democracy and liberal immigration policies expand the amount of ordered liberty in a country, that the more people we encourage to vote, the more “just” our society becomes, or that the quality of a civilization can be raised by increasing the extent of minimal literacy. Hoppe engages all of these sticky points—and other ones as well. There is also much in his thought that is typically libertarian, such as his defense of Austrian economics and his model of civil society drawn at least partly from John Locke.

We are talking here about a debate that is taking place between a few hundred people, and that is ignored by almost everyone else. There is no chance, either in England or in America, of a libertarian or even of a really conservative electoral victory. But, if regrettable, this is not necessarily important. What is important is that two groups of intellectuals should arrive at the truth and agree between themselves on that truth and how it should be promoted. If what they decide is the truth, it will eventually have its effect.

Through what are called “free trade” agreements, they are promoting regulatory cartelization at the world level. Nobody of consequence wants to nationalize the corporations. They work happily with governments of every apparent persuasion. Their leading personnel are, more than ever, members of the ruling class. The more libertarians doubt the legitimacy of the business corporation, more we reconnect or connect with other traditions of resistance to state power. There is nothing anti-libertarian about strong, working class organizations.

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