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RE: Voluntaryists Are Moral Agents Not Soothsayers

Thank you for an intriguing comment. On the one hand I believe it does not matter whether people are fundamentally altruistic or irrationally self-interested. As long as we do not hallucinate an institution of coercive power AKA the State, there is very little harm an individual psychopath or sociopath can do without anyone believing he/she is a legitimate ruler.

On the other hand I sincerely believe that people are fundamentally altruistic and respectful of each others self ownership and property rights. Without this being the case I do not think the magnificent inventions and advances in technology necessary to create massive civilizations would have been possible. A complex thriving economy requires the cooperation of vast swaths of peaceful people engaging in voluntary trade. Most people simply want to earn their livelihood honestly, put food on the table, provide shelter for their families, and raise their kids to be decent, moral, compassionate human beings. Cheers! :-)


There was a very interesting article yesterday called Kakistocracy (rule by the worst) For some reason, institutions, no matter how noble their original intentions, are usurped by their worst element. I tend to agree with you about most people being altruistic, however, people who seek power aren't...therein lies the problem.

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