The Town That Went Feral

But AR libertarians would side with the bears.
As a moral skeptic, the argument I have often made to moral realists/objectivists is that “bad people” (for example, serial killers) are no different than wild animals like bears that attack people in the words. Is it necessary to defend against them? Obviously. But getting on some moral high horse about “good and evil” or its modern incarnation of “human rights” is about as pointless as complaining about the bears’ lack of moral understanding.
“When a group of libertarians set about scrapping their local government, chaos descended. And then the bears moved in.”

By Patrick Blanchfield, New Republic

In its public education campaigns, the U.S. National Park Service stresses an important distinction: If you find yourself being attacked by a brown or grizzly bear, YES, DO PLAY DEAD. Spread your arms and legs and cling to the ground with all your might, facing downward; after a few attempts to flip you over (no one said this would be easy), the bear will, most likely, leave. By contrast, if you find yourself being attacked by a black bear, NO, DO NOT PLAY DEAD. You must either flee or, if that’s not an option, fight it off, curved claws and 700 psi-jaws and all.

But don’t worry—it almost never comes to this. As one park service PSA noted this summer, bears “usually just want to be left alone. Don’t we all?” In other words, if you encounter a black bear, try to look big, back slowly away, and trust in the creature’s inner libertarian. Unless, that is, the bear in question hails from certain wilds of western New Hampshire. Because, as Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling’s new book suggests, that unfortunate animal may have a far more aggressive disposition, and relate to libertarianism first and foremost as a flavor of human cuisine.


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