The Education of a Libertarian

Posted by ShrugInArgentina 9 years ago to Philosophy
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Although this was written in 2009 and the author is referring to the 1990s in the following excerpt, it is exactly how I felt in the 1070's and 80's (after reading all of Ayn Rand's novels during my teenage years in the 60's): "I began to understand why so many become disillusioned after college. The world appears too big a place. Rather than fight the relentless indifference of the universe, many of my saner peers retreated to tending their small gardens. The higher one’s IQ, the more pessimistic one became about free-market politics — capitalism simply is not that popular with the crowd. Among the smartest conservatives, this pessimism often manifested in heroic drinking; the smartest libertarians, by contrast, had fewer hang-ups about positive law and escaped not only to alcohol but beyond it."

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  • Posted by Rocky_Road 9 years ago
    Patri Friedman's first prototype seastead in the San Francisco Bay was first scheduled for 2010. It has now been scheduled for 2014.

    What I want to know is: 'How was this seastead going to "enable experimentation and innovation with diverse social, political, and legal systems."

    It would fall within U.S. borders, and probably within the jurisdiction of San Francisco proper. Did Friedman assume that he would have free reign to ignore their existing laws, and control?
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