The tactical error of the libertarian

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

The tactical error of the libertarian, Mencius Moldbug notes, is to believe that the state can be made smaller and simpler by making it weaker:

Historically, the converse is the case: attempts to weaken [a sovereign] either destroy it, resulting in chaos and death, or force it to compensate by enlarging, resulting in the familiar “red-giant state.” The pronomian prefers a state that is small, simple, and very strong. It respects the rights of its clients not because it is forced to respect them, but because it has a financial incentive to respect them, and it obeys that financial incentive because it is managed responsibly and effectively.

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