Thursday, September 4, 2008


In my previous post, I said that I would work on a refutation of the totalitarian doctrine called "minarchism." No need! John Hasna's The Obviousness of Anarchy has to be the single greatest assault on minarchy ever seen. This guy addresses and utterly shreds all of the very best arguments minarchists have ever come up with.

Another great article debunking minarchism can be found here.


Mike said...

Thanks much for linking to the Hasnas piece. Well worth reading.

John Petrie said...

Cork, have you read Roy Childs's Objectivism and the State: An Open Letter to Ayn Rand? It converted me from minarchist to anarchist in my senior year of college. It is beautiful. Obviously it is directed at Objectivist minarchism and not all minarchism, but, I mean, the Objectivist arguments for minarchism are about the same as any other (or better), so the arguments for and against minarchism (at least the ones Childs addressed) would have been the same.

Thank you for posting the link to John Hasna's piece. I'm going to read it soon.

Cork said...

Yeah, the Roy Childs piece is classic! To this day, I still don't think any Objectivist has been able to make much of a solid argument against it.