How to Win Political Arguments

Posted by Rozar 6 years, 7 months ago to Politics
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Watched this video the other day. I like the guy but don't know much about him. I also bought his book "Practical Anarchy" yesterday. Does anyone have any opinions on him or this video?


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  • Posted by khalling 6 years, 7 months ago
    it is impossible to have the discussion of no initiation of force without a discussion of property rights. If I pick an apple off your tree, and I do not pay for it, and you come out with a gun and demand payment, who has initiated force? To a hunter/gatherer the answer would be the property owner. so without a discussion of the property rights it is impossible to have the discussion of initiating force. To a hard core environmentalist, if you burn carbon fuels, then in their mind, you have initiated force. I stopped at 1 hour in, so if this was covered I didn't get it. I just felt at that point, he was re-hashing the same argument-which was a good one.
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  • Posted by $ Maphesdus 6 years, 7 months ago
    I have very little respect for anarchy as a philosophy. I strongly believe that government is necessary to ensure the protection of people's rights and liberties.

    However, this guy does present some good arguments. I don't necessarily agree with everything he says, but the arguments are still very good discussion pieces. I also looked up his book (which is surprisingly available for free online), and noticed that he provided a potential solution to one of the most common criticisms of Ayn Rand: the issue of who will build the roads. Now his proposed solution doesn't seem totally airtight to me, but I was glad to finally see someone actually attempt a rational and practical solution to the problem, rather that just sidestepping or evading the issue as most people (even Ayn Rand herself) typically do.
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