This is the entire presentation “The Significance of Hans-Hermann Hoppe,” from the 2019 Austrian Economics Research Conference (AERC), at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, on the occasion of Professor Hoppe’s 70th birth year. My notes, and a link to a longer talk on similar themes, are below.
Lightly edited interchange with a (non-native English-speaking) friend on Facebook who had some questions about Hoppe’s argumentation ethics. Let’s call him “Raphael”.
Raphael: Hello Kinsela. I have a legitimate doubt about Hoppe’s ethics. One of the premises of Hoppe’s ethics is that any assertion can only be justified in an argumentation. That is, in a propositional exchange between individuals. But the question is, when the individual writes an article, or lecture, is he not justifying assertions without arguing with another individual? FEB 19, 2019, 11:48 PM
Stephan: The idea is simply that justification is argumentative justification. This is undeniable since if people disagree in this they are arguing . FEB 20, 2019, 8:19 AM [continue reading…]
As announced today by political philosopher Chris Matthew Sciabarra, in his post “The Dialectics of Liberty: A New Anthology is On The Way!“, a new book is forthcoming this year from Lexington Books on “the dialectics of liberty.” This anthology is coedited by Roger E. Bissell, Sciabarra, and Edward W. Younkins, and includes a chapter by yours truly on “Dialogical Arguments for Libertarian Rights.”
From Chris’s announcement:
It is my distinct honor—and pleasure—to formally announce a forthcoming book: The Dialectics of Liberty: Exploring the Context of Human Freedom, a trailblazing collection of essays by a diverse group of scholars, coming from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. The anthology has been coedited by Roger E. Bissell, Chris Matthew Sciabarra, and Edward W. Younkins. It is slated for publication by Lexington Books in June 2019 and it is sure to be a provocative read for anyone interested in liberty and the contexts that nourish—or undermine—it.
“These essays explore ways that liberty can be better defended using a dialectical approach, a mode of analysis that grasps the full context of philosophical, cultural, and social factors requisite to the sustenance of human freedom. The contributors represent a variety of disciplines and perspectives who apply explicitly dialectical tools to a classical liberal / libertarian analysis of social and cultural issues. By conjoining a dialectical method, typically associated with the socialist left, to a defense of individual liberty, typically associated with the libertarian right, this anthology challenges contemporary attitudes on both ends of the political spectrum.Abstracts for all the articles that are included in the anthology can be found here and contributor biographies can be found here.”
Libertarian Party Chair Nick Sarwark and I discuss a potpourri of libertarian issues, such as minarchy vs. anarchy, libertarian “centralism” and the Fourteenth Amendment, and applications to abortion, gay (same sex) marriage, civil asset forfeiture, and the like.
“What Libertarianism Is”, see esp. n. 25 and accompanying text, regarding tracing title, in a property dispute, back to a common author (ancestor in title).
Bonus: Below is my 30 minute (or so) appearance on the Vin Armani and Dave Butler (of Vin and Dave’s Destination Unknown podcast) livestream of the Free State Project’s New Hampshire Liberty Forum, Day 1 — we discussed government versus the state, intellectual property, and related issues.
Rewind a bit to enjoy the cool “New Hampshire” song
This is my debate at New Hampshire Liberty Forum, Feb. 7, 2019—really more of a roundtable discussion of immigration policy from a libertarian perspective. The other panelist was Daniel Garza, President of the LIBRE Initiative, and the moderator was Jeremy Kaufman. Some listeners may be surprised at my pro-immigration comments.
Recorded on my iPhone. I’ll upload a higher quality version later, if it becomes available.