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The article in the issue 9:2:

The date of the publication:
2020-07-25
The number of pages:
152
The issue:
9:2
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The Authors
Walter Block, Anthony J. Cesario, Leith B. Edgar, Pedro J. Caranti, David Iglesias, Ian Hersum, Milton Kiang, Sukrit Sabhlok, Eduardo Blasco, David Marcos, Mike Holmes, Mark Thornton, Lucas Maciel Bueno, Jakub Bożydar Wiśniewski, Igor Wysocki, J. C. Lester, David Fisher,

Jakub Bożydar Wiśniewski is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law, Administration, and Economics at the University of Wroclaw and an affiliated scholar and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ludwig von Mises Institute Poland. He holds an MA in philosophy from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in political economy from King’s College London. He is the author of The Economics of Law, Order, and Action: The Logic of Public Goods, Libertarian Quandaries, and The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty.

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Is Statism an Amoral Philosophy?

Thick moral terms – such as theft, fraud, and counterfeiting – are terms whose
very use implies a definitionally necessary moral evaluation of their content. In
this paper, I shall argue that the philosophy of statism – that is, a philosophy
grounded in the belief in the normative justifiability and desirability of
monopolistic apparatuses of initiatory violence – is necessarily amoral insofar
as it cannot apply thick moral terms in a logically consistent manner. By the
same token, I shall argue that libertarianism – i.e., the view that only
consensual social relations are morally acceptable – is the only general
sociopolitical doctrine capable of accomplishing this task, thus, in contrast to
statism, making its prescriptions susceptible to genuine moral evaluation.

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