In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I am joined by WorldNetDaily.com‘s longest running paleolibertarian columnist, Ilana Mercer! Ilana describes how her political views first took shape, and how a conversation with Walter Block made her realize that she was a libertarian. Ilana and I then discuss Ms. Mercer’s recent article, “Libertarian Anarchism’s ‘Justice’ Problem”. Ilana explains the problem she has with many anarchists who denounce any involvement in government or politics, preferring to live in the “sin of abstraction.” Ilana and I explore the ideas surrounding what justice should be in a free society, the problem with competing theories of justice, and how “personalized justice” can actually result in injustice. As usual, I have some thoughts of my own in the wrap-up rant!
In an email, Ilana requested I publish the following statement as a follow-up:
I’m aware of all the technical solutions that have been proposed in the service of solving the problems of competing, aberrant theories of justice that could arise in a society based on the private production of justice. These appear to amount to tinkering around the edges. Fundamental problems of principle cannot be boiled down to, “Hey, this works here; and that has worked there; and these guys have proposed Y. And we could try this fix.” You don’t solve problems of principle with pragmatic patchwork.
Discussed in this episode:
– Libertarian Anarchism’s ‘Justice’ Problem by Ilana Mercer
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