May 16

Chapter 13 On the Impossibility of Limited Government and the Prospect for Revolution

What are the sources of pride of American citizens?

Part I

The first source of pride is the memory of Americans that they were a country of pioneers. They were the last people to have the opportunity to "create a free and prosperous commonwealth" from scratch. These settlers demonstrated, in accordance with John Locke, how...

Read more

May 11

Chapter 11 On the Errors of Classical Liberalism and the Future of Liberty

"Classical liberalism has been in decline for more than a century."  What is classical liberalism? "'[P]roperty, that is, private ownership of the means of production (for in regard to commodities ready for consumption, private ownership is a matter of course and is not disputed even by socialists and communists.)" (Hoppe quoting...

Read more

May 11

Chapter 10 On Conservatism and Libertarianism

Hoppe begins by noting that conservative can mean only one of two things:

  1. It refers to the type of person who likes to maintain the status quo; or
  2. It refers to a person who "believes in the existence of a natural order, a natural state of affairs which corresponds to the nature of things...."  

Hoppe summarily discards the...

Read more

May 5

Chapter 9 On Cooperation, Tribe, City, and State

"'Experience teaches us that this condition--higher productivity achieved under division of labor--is present because its cause--the inborn inequality of men and the inequality in the geographical distribution of the natural factors of production--is real.  Thus we are in a position to comprehend the course of social evolution.'"...

Read more

Apr 29

Chapter 8 On Free Trade and Restricted Immigration

Part I

Hoppe begins Chapter 8 but noting that free trade and restricted immigration are "perfectly consistent ...[and] mutually reinforcing policies."

Part II

The case for free trade is "logically unassailable."  The contrary case for protectionism is one that seeks to protect American jobs, which, in order to so do, must...

Read more