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    One of the things I find most exasperating about libertarians is their tendency to decry one arbitrary set of state functions as unnatural state intrusion, while taking another wholly arbitrary set completely for granted.

    It would be fine if they were honest about it.  Certainly we should debate the proper role of the state.  It's their tendency to naturalize their particularly viewpoint and wrap it in the clock of "objectivity" that gets me.

    To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

    by sneakers563 on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 11:05:29 AM PDT

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    •  It's a function of their reliance on (3+ / 0-)
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      the lie of their founding. Specifically the "state of nature" and the idea that government arose from such. The general line now, via Nozicks, is that it's some sort of "thought experiment," which is basically a pathetic excuse for being completely and totally wrong about how and why the state arose. It's paralleled by the economic myth of barter. There was never really a time where we lived in small villages and bartered. It just didn't happen.

      Contemporary political and economic theory is so off base on so many things it's incredible.

      If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

      by AoT on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 11:42:30 AM PDT

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