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<li><p><a href="http://aaeblog.com/2011/05/05/the-paradox-of-property/">The Paradox of Property. Roderick, <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2011-05-05)</a>. <q>Nonlibertarians are often puzzled as to why libertarians accept such strong property rights claims (sometimes called “absolute” property rights, though I’ve never figured out what “absolute” is supposed to mean in this context). The answer I’m going to give here is one I’ve already offered elsewhere (see here and here),...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-05-05.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/138924.html">History News Network | Because the Past is the Present, and the Future too. <cite>hnn.us</cite> (2011-05-05)</a>. Mutual Aid in Tuscaloosa. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-05-05.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://news.consumerreports.org/cars/2011/04/back-fire-tomtom-sold-user-data-to-police-motorists-then-targeted-with-speed-traps.html?EXTKEY=I72RSC0">TomTom Sold User Data to Police, Motorists Then Targeted With Speed Traps. John Gruber, <cite>Daring Fireball</cite> (2011-05-02)</a>. <q>Consumer Reports: Following reports that TomTom had sold traffic data collected from GPS device users to police who then used it to determine locations for speed traps, the company has issued a statement and video in an effort to appease angry customers. Shameful.  ★ </q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-05-05.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-may-4-2011/face-off">Jon Stewart on the Photos of Osama bin Laden. John Gruber, <cite>Daring Fireball</cite> (2011-05-05)</a>. <q>Jon Stewart: Maybe we should always show pictures. Bin Laden, pictures of our wounded service people, pictures of maimed innocent civilians. We can only make decisions about war if we see what war actually is — and not as a video game where bodies quickly disappear leaving behind a shiny...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-05-05.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/c4ss/~3/hSgGP9S2zKA/6931">On the Road to Nowhere With Johnson and Paul. Thomas L. Knapp, <cite>Center for a Stateless Society</cite> (2011-04-28)</a>. <q>Is it just me, or is the silly season of electoral politics — the presidential election cycle — arriving earlier and earlier in each successive four-year stretch? Last time around, it was nearly Memorial Day of the year preceding the election before pundits started speculating about when the obvious odd...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-05-05.)</em></p></li>

Legal lynching (cont’d)

    <p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2011/03/29/supreme-court-firms-up-state-i">Supreme Court Firms Up State Immunity From Wrongful Conviction Lawsuits. <cite>Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-04-25)</a>:</p><blockquote><q>By a ideologically right-left, 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today (PDF) that a wrongly convicted Louisiana man—who at one point was just weeks away from execution—isn't permitted to sue the DA's office that for 14 years sat on the evidence proving his innocence. Jacob Sullum wrote about Connick...</q></blockquote>

We need government courts instead of private protection and arbitration because private protection associations would be accountable to the rich and powerful instead of being accountable to the people.

I oppose civil rights acts because I support civil rights movements

Appearing this month in The Freeman (60.7, September 2010):

Opposing the Civil Rights Act Means Opposing Civil Rights? It Just Ain’t So!

Charles Johnson, September 2010 • Volume: 60 • Issue: 7

Just after winning his Republican primary in May, Rand Paul got himself into a political pickle over his views on property rights and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Having reluctantly discussed concerns about antidiscrimination laws with the Louisville Courier-Journal and NPR, Paul made his now-notorious appearance on the Rachel Maddow Show, where Maddow grilled him for 15 minutes on whether he opposed government intervention to stop racial discrimination. After saying he favored overturning government-mandated discrimination, Paul finally admitted that he opposes Title II, which forbids private owners from discriminating in their own businesses.

As he told the Courier-Journal: I don’t like the idea of telling private business owners—I abhor racism; I think it’s a bad business decision to ever exclude anybody from your restaurant; but at the same time, I do believe in private ownership. . . .

Maddow responded: I think wanting to allow private businesses to discriminate on the basis of race, because of property rights, is an extreme view. Within a day Progressives were touting the interview as proof of a deep conflict between libertarian defenses of private property and struggles for racial equality. Meanwhile, compromising libertarians like Brink Lindsey reacted by discovering exceptions to libertarian principles—to make room, again, for federal antidiscrimination laws. The entire debate has played out as an argument over libertarianism and extremism, with Progressives and many nominal libertarians both condemning Rand Paul’s simplistic extremism about private property and libertarian rights.

I have little interest in defending Paul but it’s strange to treat him like some case study in the dangers of libertarian extremism. Rand Paul is a conservative, not a libertarian—let alone an extreme one. He’s said as much, in so many words, in repeated interviews. Now, you could simply say, He may be no libertarian, but never mind Rand Paul—what about the issue? Libertarianism opposes government control of private business decisions; taken to extremes, doesn’t that include laws against racist business practices—the civil rights movement’s crowning achievement?

Well, I do have something to say on behalf of extremism. Not on behalf of sacrificing the civil rights movement’s achievements to extreme stands on antistatist principle. Rather, extreme stands on antistatist principle show what the civil rights movement did right, and what it really achieved, without the aid of federal laws.

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[I]f libertarianism has anything to teach about politics, it’s that politics goes beyond politicians; social problems demand social solutions. Discriminatory businesses should be free from legal retaliation—not insulated from the social and economic consequences of their bigotry. What consequences? Whatever consequences you want, so long as they’re peaceful—agitation, confrontation, boycotts, strikes, nonviolent protests.

So when Maddow asks, Should Woolworth’s lunch counters have been allowed to stay segregated? neither she nor Paul seemed to realize that her attempted coup de grace—invoking the sit-in movement’s student martyrs, facing down beatings to desegregate lunch counters—actually offers a perfect libertarian response to her own question.

Because, actually, Woolworth’s lunch counters weren’t desegregated by Title II. The sit-in movement did that. From the Montgomery Bus Boycott onward, the Freedom Movement had won victories, town by town, building movements, holding racist institutions socially and economically accountable. The sit-ins proved the real-world power of the strategy: In Greensboro, N.C., nonviolent sit-in protests drove Woolworth’s to abandon its whites-only policy by July 1960. The Nashville Student Movement, through three months of sit-ins and boycotts, convinced merchants to open all downtown lunch counters in May the same year. Creative protests and grassroots pressure campaigns across the South changed local cultures and dismantled private segregation without legal backing.

Should lunch counters have been allowed to stay segregated? No—but the question is how to disallow it. Bigoted businesses shouldn’t face threats of legal force for their racism. They should face a force much fiercer and more meaningful—the full force of voluntary social organization and a culture of equality. What’s to stop resegregation in a libertarian society? We are. Using the same social power that was dismantling Jim Crow years before legal desegregation.

I oppose civil rights acts because I support civil rights movements—because the forms of social protest they pioneered proved far more courageous, positive, and effective than the litigious quagmires and pale bureaucratic substitutes governments offer.

— Charles Johnson, The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty (September 2010): Opposing the Civil Rights Act Means Opposing Civil Rights? It Just Ain’t So!

You can read the whole thing at The Freeman Online, or in the forthcoming print issue.

Many thanks as always to Sheldon Richman and FEE.

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Monday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/archives/2009/04/28/eminent-domain-through-the-bac">&quot;Eminent Domain Through the Back Door&quot; - Reason Magazine. <cite>reason.com</cite> (2010-08-28)</a>. In which the city government's Bulldozer Brigade in Montgomery, Alabama attacks "blight" -- by which they mean black people's houses. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-08-28.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://aaeblog.com/2010/08/28/c4ss-appeal/">C4SS Appeal. Roderick, <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2010-08-28)</a>. <q>Guest Blogs by Brad Spangler and Kevin Carson PLAN B: Okay, It’s Time to Panic by Brad Spangler Dear Supporters of the Center for a Stateless Society, I blame myself. When we launched the month-plus long fundraising drive for combined July and August expenses two weeks ago, I tried to...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-08-28.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2010/08/gandhi-on-state.html">Gandhi on the State. Sheldon Richman, <cite>Free Association</cite> (2010-08-27)</a>. <q>"The State represents violence in a concentrated and organized form. The individual has a soul, but as the State is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence." --Gandhi(HT: Shikha Dalmia)Atom</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-08-29.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/c4ss/~3/Wd_Pf76mynk/3428">True Economic Liberty: Not a Conservative Idea. Darian Worden, <cite>Center for a Stateless Society</cite> (2010-08-04)</a>. <q>Alexander McCobin (“Considering a Conservative Plea for Libertarian Support,” Students for Liberty, 08/04/10) makes an excellent rebuttal to the claim that libertarians are just a faction of conservatism. The label “libertarian” indicates someone who consistently supports the liberty of the individual — a standard that most conservatives just don’t reach....</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-08-29.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/c4ss/~3/LGpVEz3hWEM/3672">Unpaving is Progressive. Kevin Carson, <cite>Center for a Stateless Society</cite> (2010-08-17)</a>. <q>Rachel Maddow and Paul Krugman, among others, have been in a tizzy recently about the unpaving of roads. One result of Congress’s refusal to renew counter-cyclical stimulus grants to state and local government is that fiscally strapped governments are cutting back on highway maintenance. Specifically, dozens of counties in several...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-08-29.)</em></p></li>

Monday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://everybodyslibraries.com/2010/06/20/how-we-talk-about-the-president-a-quick-exploration-in-google-books/">How we talk about the president: A quick exploration in Google Books. John Mark Ockerbloom, <cite>Everybody&#39;s Libraries</cite> (2010-06-20)</a>. <q>On The Online Books Page, I’ve been indexing a collection of memorial sermons on President Abraham Lincoln, all published shortly after his assassination, and digitized by Emory University.  Looking through them, I was struck by how often Lincoln was referred to as “our Chief Magistrate”.  That’s a term you don’t...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2010-07-09.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/reason/DailyBrickbats/~3/zyhd6yQk0JQ/nibbling-away">Nibbling Away. <cite>Daily Brickbats</cite> (2010-07-09)</a>. The War on the Informal Sector (Cont'd.): $2,000 to sell salsa. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2010-07-09.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/reason/DailyBrickbats/~3/g2tyTPyqKrI/leave-it-to-the-professionals">Leave It to the Professionals. <cite>Daily Brickbats</cite> (2010-07-09)</a>. Government Vs. Public Safety and Human Decency <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2010-07-09.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://aidthoughts.org/?p=1359">Unity and Fragmentation. Ranil Dissanayake, <cite>Aid Thoughts</cite> (2010-07-08)</a>. <q>I was in Cape Town last week for the World Cup, and watched the Ghana – Uruguay quarterfinal in the FIFA Fan Fest there, together with several thousand supports from South Africa and abroad. For those who have missed it, Ghana lost in controversial circumstances, and the trend of blatant...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2010-07-09.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://aaeblog.com/2010/07/10/ideas-that-stick-with-you/">Ideas That Stick With You. Roderick, <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2010-07-10)</a>. <q>Under the feudal system, rights to one’s person were alienable (swearing fealty to a lord was irrevocable) while rights to land often weren’t (a feudal lord couldn’t sell his estate, as it belonged in perpetuity to his heirs) – the exact reverse of the rights system that most libertarians advocate....</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-07-10.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://takebacktheland.blogspot.com/2010/07/takebackthelandorg-one-dc-liberates.html">{takebacktheland.org} ONE DC Liberates Land in Nation&#39;s Capital. Max Rameau, <cite>takebacktheland</cite> (2010-07-10)</a>. <q>VIEW FULL STORY PICTURES AND NEWS CLIPS ON TAKEBACKTHELAND.ORG http://www.takebacktheland.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=newsstory&amp;newsletterID=162Metro DC police plan to evict community from Tent City on Monday July 12 Community organization ONE DC &quot;liberated&quot; a vacant lot in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC on the afternoon of Saturday, July 10, 2010. The contentious Parcel 42,...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-07-10.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://neuroanthropology.net/2010/07/10/we-agree-its-weird-but-is-it-weird-enough/">We agree it’s WEIRD, but is it WEIRD enough? gregdowney, <cite>Neuroanthropology</cite> (2010-07-10)</a>. <q>The most recent edition of Behavioral and Brain Sciences carries a remarkable review article by Joseph Henrich, Steven J. Heine and Ara Norenzayan, ‘The weirdest people in the world?’ The article outlines two central propositions; first, that most behavioural science theory is built upon research that examines intensely a narrow...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-07-10.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://inciteblog.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/sistersong-spark-and-sisterlove-defeat-sb-529/">SISTERSONG, SPARK, and SisterLove Defeat SB 529. <cite>INCITE! Blog</cite> (2010-07-11)</a>. Victory in Georgia. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-07-11.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://flipfloppingjoy.com/2010/07/09/the-politics-of-apology/">the politics of apology. bfp, <cite>flip flopping joy</cite> (2010-07-09)</a>. <q>i read this post by macha at VL, and just about threw up. i’m just sick, sick, watching those videos. (long story short, a woman was attacked by men for talking shit about men she slept with). the videos show the attacks on this woman—one is of men slapping her,...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-07-11.)</em></p></li>

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