Hans-Hermann Hoppe on Justifying Libertarianism
The Ludwig von Mises Institute of Romania, on November 8-11, 2011 presents a colloquium with the author of “A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism”, Hans-Hermann Hoppe and the legacy of the private Mises Seminar in Bucharest. This is an excerpt where Hoppe talks about justifying libertarian norms and the a priori of argumentation. Those who attempt to defend anything but libertarian norms are engaged in a performative contradiction.
Regarding the ability to engage in argumentation, there are three possible states:
- "none" (inanimate object, dead)
- "potential" (babies: part of their nature), (knocked unconscious, coma patient, mentally handicapped: those that have shown at least once to be able to engage in argumentation, and may be able to do so again)
- "always" (children, adults etc.)
So therefore, and this is both logically rigorous and accurate.
- No Rights
- "Guardianship" or "Trustee" Rights, until they show and claim 3.
- Full self-ownership.