Freedom Conspiracy

Gary Greenberg's political blog: Promoting Agoranism, a system of political organization based on free trade, private ownership of property, voluntary contracts, and no soverreign governments.

Rand versus Individual Rights: A critique of Rand’s essay on “The Nature of Government”

I have written an essay titled “Rand versus Individual Rights: a critique of Rand’s essay on ‘The Nature of Government.'”  You can read her original essay here. This is her essay where she attacks what was then called anarcho-capitalism. A friend who reviewed my piece wrote me:

When you think about it, “The Nature of Government” probably has generated more discussion about the so-called “minarchist” versus “anarchist” position than any other single essay … beginning with Roy Childs’s first essay “Objectivism and the State: An Open Letter to Ayn Rand”… which led the Randians to close his subscription to The Objectivist.

I hadn’t read the essay in a very long time, back when I was in the Objectivist orbit (but not quite an acolyte), and thought I should revisit it from my present perspective. I think the title of the essay tells you how I reacted. I’m checking out a couple of essays written by others in the Objectivist realm and if any interesting new arguments develop, I’ll publish a response.

Hope you’ll make use of the comments to get a discussion going.