Surly Curmudgeon

   The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.
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    Thursday, October 21, 2004

    Economy and State

    I just re-read some Ayn Rand, and found a line where she advocated "separation of economy and state", much in the way we supposedly have "separation of church and state". I remember reading this the first time, but I think that I finally understand it in more concrete terms than I did before. My exposure to the Austrian school of economics has really helped in that regard. It seems to me that such a separation is necessary if we are ever to undo the boondoggles of the last century or so.

    Speaking of the Austrians, Hans-Hermann Hoppe recently posted an article at Mises that makes an argument for property rights directly out of the irreducible prime of human existence. I found it quite engaging. I will have to review it a couple more times before I can really grasp the path from A to B, but I think he's on the right track. He addresses the State, communism, and property law, among other themes, and shows how a simple system of property rights is preferable to the mess we currently have.

    Posted by Tom, 10/21/2004 5:42:00 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...