Human Nature

I was just recently contemplating the fact that Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto (1848), Gustave de Molinari’s The Production of Security (1849), and many if not most of Lysander Spooner’s core works  all coincided with one another temporally.  Yet, look at the enormous influence Marxist socialism and communism have exerted since the mid-nineteenth century — including economic ruination, starvation, war, political tyranny, and straight-up genocide — while libertarianism, for all intents and purposes, remains a fringe philosophy ridiculed by statists of both Left and Right, and widely considered by most people as nothing but a childish utopian fantasy.

And what does that say about human nature?

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Alex R. Knight III

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Alex R. Knight III is originally from Groveland, Massachusetts, where he grew up listening to rock and roll, reading J.R.R. Tolkien, and the comic books of the 1970s.  He today lives in rural southern Vermont where he welds, plays guitar, paints abstracts, reads avidly, and writes.  He is the author of the short fiction collection, Tales From Dark 7in addition to the novels The Morris Roomand Empty World.  And, he is a Voluntaryist. Visit his MeWe group here.

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H Rearden
19 days ago

Have you heard of The Law? The Law was written by Frederic Bastiat and was published in 1850.

Alex Knight
Alex Knight
19 days ago
Reply to  H Rearden

Yes, true enough! However, Bastiat was more minarchist than anarchist. Definitely a fellow-traveller, though. It seems a lot of philosophy was birthed around that timeframe in the mid-nineteenth century.