1) Ayn Rand was not an anarchist. Ayn Rand was vehemently opposed to anarchism.
2) Roy Childs WAS an anarchist. His "Open Letter to Ayn Rand" was meant to show that any government will violate the non-agression principle. Hultberg interprets is as the converse of the non-agression principle being wrong because we need government. Uh, say what? That's like saying that government needs to kill people sometimes to retain power and since we need government, killing is sometimes ok.
3) When the golden mean is shown to be inapplicable to moral questions with the example of murder, Hultberg responds by saying that it is only applicable to some situations. He does not, however, demonstrate that it is applicable to laws and government. Are not laws related to moral questions?
4) Hultberg claims that there can be no objective law in an ancap society. First, there can be no objective law under government, because the government is, by definition, ABOVE THE LAW. Why? Because the government is the judge in all lawsuits that involve the government. Second, it is not objective law for which we should strive, since this is an impossibility anyway. All decisions are subjective. What we should strive for is IMPARTIAL law. And impartial law is only possible if you have multiple producers of law.
5) Hultberg says "Liberty, via the non-aggression principle, has become the fundamental value from which culture is to evolve in an anarcho-capitalist world. This puts the cart before the horse so to speak, for liberty is not a fundamental axiom. Right metaphysical values come first, out of which then evolves a culture of liberty. Liberty is a result of a specific type of culture that stems from certain metaphysical views that have been handed down through the centuries via the Judeo-Graeco-Christian worldview."
Two problems. Who decides on the right metaphysical values? If liberty is the result of the specific type of culture that stems from the Judeo-Graeco-Christian worldview, why has most of the history of the Judeo-Graeco-Christian societies been characterized by tyranny?
That's enough for now. I only made it half-way through this mess and am tired.
“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
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