John B writes , occasionally an amusing blog . This is an example of the subtlety of his thought . “
Money and property rights are both creations of the state ….the fact that you happened to own a nice house would be irrelevant, because someone bigger than you would come along and tell you to get out of it or he’d kill you”
Prompted a muse of mine , probably rather dull but anyway
Octogenarian Peer - Hoy you Oik get off my estates
Huge Thug- I `ll do what the fuck I like ta
Octogenarian Peer - Why why you young bounder my ancestors fought for this land …
Huge Thug- Got it . Lets fight for it then .
You( John B ) have a redundant case for the rule of law and the maintenance of order even if that order is clearly far from perfect . In other words you have made the classic Conservative case. Your Libertarian is a very straw man indeed . The King’s peace , delivered by whatever means was much valued for centuries before the invention of income tax when the game keeper became the robber .The Classical Liberals like Tom Paine argued that the rule of law was an essential to freedom and the only people who set up utopias were religiose loons like the Owenites , ie left wingers whose efforts were of course doomed .
I often have cause to say to Libertarians soi disant that in fact their utopia once existed and the funny thing was that all this freedom consisted of outright slavery for most people.
The first English Parliament was a court and its function was the ritual enactment of the shared will of the people taken to be god given . Justice was natural and the process of law making one of “ discovery” rather than imposition . It is not true that private property exists only because of massed ranks of police , it exists because of the general acceptance of it as a natural right . When that acceptance has ceased so has private property . Libertarianism is of coursed only a useful tool for fighting the cultural attack on freedoms we have evolved . Margaret Thatcher did not agree with Hayek , nor visa versa and I agree with Margaret Thatcher .