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Hans-Hermann Hoppe Explains Private Law Society

A few months ago, Stephan Kinsella posted these videos of a lecture at the Mises Institute Brazil, in Porto Alegre, by economist-philosopher Hans-Hermann Hoppe. I mentioned Hoppe in a post yesterday regarding the immigration issue. Hoppe’s lecture here is on the choice between State or Private Law Society. Hoppe’s rational and common sense approach to the complexities of how a truly free society could exist is “masterful,” as Kinsella observes. Kinsella points out,

For example, Hoppe here brilliantly and succinctly argues that there is but one correct answer to the problem of social order–the libertarian-Lockean rule (see 7:49- of Part 1). At 8:32-9:04, Part 1, he explains why the only answer to the question of who owns your body, is you–who else would own it? And that all other competing rules are either incoherent, contradictory, or obviously unfair. And (at 9:25-10:04, Part 1) that when you appropriate an unowned resource, who else would have a better claim to it than the person who had it first?

One of Hoppe’s main points is how the State is an agency of territorial monopoly of ultimate decision-making. Among the State’s duties is to settle conflicts amongst the people, and also settle conflicts between people and the State itself. If the people don’t like the final decision that the State has made, tough luck, as there is no “higher authority” to whom to go (by the State’s compulsion), and there is no choice in the matter, no alternative for settling conflicts. And Hoppe expands on these points.
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