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Ep. 170 Bob Murphy Dissects the “Shopping Cart Theory” Allegedly Blowing Up the Case for Self-Governance

Recently Tim Poole alluded to the so-called “shopping cart theory” of why self-governance is impossible. Specifically, because people can’t even bother to take back the shopping cart when this is clearly the socially right thing to do, we can’t hope to have a system relying on everyone’s good nature. Bob explains what’s wrong with this argument.…

Ep. 46 Bob Murphy Lectures on Private Military Defense

On July 19, 2019, Bob gave a talk on private military defense at Mises University. It was an elaboration of his standard talk from previous years on “The Market for Security.” Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: Bob’s frequent Mises U lecture that includes private law, “The Market for Security.” Bob’s pamphlet,…

Ep. 39 Stephan Kinsella Discusses Law Without the State, and the Illegitimacy of IP (Intellectual Property)

Bob talks with Stephan Kinsella about the basis of libertarian law, and how we could have justice without a coercive State. They then discuss Stephan’s pathbreaking work making the case that property must be in tangible things, rendering “intellectual property” an incoherent and dangerous concept. Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: Stephan’s…