Monday, August 13, 2007

Unenumerated: Ten ways to make a political difference

Nick Szabo suggests Ten ways to make a political difference for libertarians. Number 3 is "Make your own law."

And so what law does he create as an example? Censorship, of course. He's hidden the replies to Unenumerated: Government for profit because he looked foolish. And he's turned on comment moderation so that he won't have my responses there unless he likes them.

Just goes to show that property is opportunity for private tyranny.

8 comments:

datta said...

New to this blog(3 weeks or so) and am much appreciative of your work.

jaypate said...

Yeah, now try explaining to me what the defining characteristics of a "private tyranny" are.

Mike Huben said...

Private tyranny is the exercise of authority over an individual without accountability. All property gives opportunity for private tyranny. Nick Szabo demonstrates private tyrrany with his blog censorship.

Private tyranny can be small scale or large scale, important or unimportant.

Sketches towards a consistently anti-tyranny left

Breaking the chain:
The antitrust case against Wal-Mart

Charles said...

Private tyranny is the text you see to the right: "This blog does not allow anonymous comments." Shame on Huben for throwing around his property "rights" to tell us what we can say and how we can say it. He should turn his Blogger account over to the Workers' Council and let them decide democratically how it should best be used instead... right?

Mike Huben said...

I'm the great statist demon: I'm supposed to be a tyrant! Funny though, how I'm less restrictive than the libertarian Szabo.

Charles said...

So? You're still exercising authority over me (by denying me the right to post anonymously), and I can't do anything about it. By your own definition, you're a tyrant. At least the libertarian Szabo isn't a hypocrite. There's nothing in libertarianism that says a person doesn't have the right to control access to his own blog.

Zarquon said...

Oh great... so if a freedom-loving libertarian censors blog comments, he's "not a hypocrite"; but if a self-proclaimed "great statist demon"(*) censors blog comments, he's...

...I don't know, maybe he's fat?

(*) heh heh

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