Todd Lewis is joined by Chris Shaw to discuss his favorable review of Todd’s essay Contra the Self-Ownership Principle: The Nightmare of Libertopia and other topics related to anarchism and libertarianism.
Todd Lewis (facetiously) defends the proposition that empires are justifiable and Keith Preston will oppose the proposition.
Todd is joined by David Friedman to discuss difficulties involved in Privatizing National Defense.
Todd Lewis will be joined by Keith Preston and Anarcho Reign to discuss the altright’s of fake history.
Todd Lewis is joined by Keith Preston and Anarcho Reign to discuss why the Altright is actually left wing.
A former military officer weighs in.
By Zack Sorenson
Arguing that libertarian society can offer defense “services”, Bob Murphy relies on the idea of insurance paying the costs of defense.
Arguing that a monopoly state should offer these services, Todd Lewis points out numerous historical examples in which government organized national defense is seemingly necessary.
I dislike this kind of discussion in general. My feeling is that there shouldn’t be such a thing as any kind of organized, politically driven, violence. The idea of private armies is as horrifying as the idea of a giant state army. However, this issue is obviously relevant, and worth addressing. I’m just going to address different issues in no particular order.
First, Todd Lewis mentions the Sengoku Jidai (“feudal” Japan), and also the Roman civil war between Marius and Sulla. He argues that these are examples of “private” defense, where mercenaries for hire end up fighting brutal wars that devastated each country. I don’t think he knows what he’s talking about.
A specialist on Japanese military history weighs in on the Lewis-Murphy debate on private defense services.
Regarding my recent debate on the Tom Woods Show with Todd Lewis–regarding private defense–I got the following email (permission to reprint):
Following your recent debate with Todd Lewis I felt motivated to write the following based on my experience of living in Japan and studying its martial history for over 24 years.
Why Japan’s Sengoku period does not support monopoly security provision and actually makes the case for the private production of defense:
1. Feudal Japan was a peasant-based agrarian economy overseen by samurai landlords enforcing law and securing territory, ostensibly at least, on behalf of the emperor. Controlling land and the agriculture products yielded from the peasant farmers was essential to power. Taxation and trade were denominated in units of rice bushels. Modes of production, means of commerce, and centers of power have changed significantly since that time. One must be careful and selective when comparing pre-industrial revolution societies with modern theories of political-economy.
Todd is joined by Keith Preston and Will Mclean to discuss the problems of privatizing mobilization of armed forces.
Todd Lewis joined by Logos to discuss the problems of financing problems of private defense.
This is a great discussion between Todd Lewis and Bob Murphy about the viability of non-state/private “national defense” services. I have an old essay about this topic here.
Economist Bob Murphy (Ph.D., NYU) and podcaster Todd Lewis square off in the central debate of anarcho-capitalism: is government truly necessary for national defense, or could the free market provide this service?
Todd Lewis and I analyze the failure the anarchist, libertarian and altright movements in the USA to achieve anything other than fringe marginal status.
Todd Lewis is joined by Coach Red Pill and Keith Preston to discuss the October Revolution and its historical significance.
Todd Lewis interviews Lierre Keith on her reasons for leaving Veganism and BioRegionalism.
Todd Lewis and guests say no to veganism.
I throw in some comments about 45 minutes into this discussion.
Todd Lewis joined by Keith Preston to discuss US foreign policy during the interwar period and WW2.
Todd Lewis joined by Keith Preston and Musonius Rufus to discuss the Charlottesville riots, the altright and the left.
Todd Lewis is joined by Keith Preston (anarchist), Sean Gabb (classical liberal) and James Kalb (conservative) to discuss liberalism.
Todd Lewis joined by Keith Preston (classical anarchism), Sean Gabb (classical liberalism), and Will Schnack (geo-mutualism) to discuss economics.
Todd Lewis is joined by Keith Preston to discuss Part 2 of our series on US foreign policy spanning the Mexican War to the end of the Civil War.
Todd Lewis and Keith Preston begin our series on US Foreign Policy.
Todd and I will begin our series on US Foreign Policy.