Book Review: The Problem of Political Authority

Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“Unlike the offerings from the early 70s, Huemer does not take an absolutist principle like the non-aggression principle to make his case. Most of the early anarcho-capitalists were heavily influenced by Ayn Rand. And reasoning based on application of deductive logic to the law of identity formed the basis of their arguments. To put not too fine a point on it, they were absolutists. Property rights were absolute and without property rights, no other rights were possible. Every action was seen as black or white. It either violated the non-aggression principle or it did not. There was no middle ground. Huemer is not an absolutist in this sense. He is an intuitionist. He argues from what he regards as common sense.” (06/05/24)