Franklin

Libertarian Anarchy : Against the State.

Author/Creator:
Casey, Gerard.
Publication:
London : Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2012.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (209 pages)
Edition:
1st ed.
Series:
Think Now Ser.
Think Now Ser.
Status/Location:
Loading...

Options
Location Notes Your Loan Policy

Details

Subjects:
Anarchism -- Philosophy.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
Political philosophy is dominated by a myth, the myth of the necessity of the state. The state is considered necessary for the provision of many things, but primarily for peace and security. In this provocative book, Gerard Casey argues that social order can be spontaneously generated, that such spontaneous order is the norm in human society and that deviations from the ordered norms can be dealt with without recourse to the coercive power of the state.   Casey presents a novel perspective on political philosophy, arguing against the conventional political philosophy pieties and defending a specific political position, which he identifies as 'libertarian anarchy'. The book includes a history of the concept of anarchy, an examination of the possibility of anarchic societies and an articulation of the nature of law and order within such societies. Casey presents his specific form of anarchy, undergirded by a theory of human action that prioritises liberty, as a philosophically and politically viable alternative to the standard positions in political theory.
Contents:
Cover
Halftitle
Series page
Title page
Copyright
Contents
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction
The criminal state
Libertarianism and anarchism - an overview
Roadmap
2 Death and taxes
The state - necessary and legitimate?
The origin and character of the state
The legitimacy of the state
'But surely! . . .' A preliminary sketch of the argument
State and society
3 Liberty and libertarianism
The non-aggression principle
Reciprocity
Aggression is not merely harm
Getting serious
Libertarianism and conservatism
Is libertarianism utopian?
4 Anarchy and anarchism
A matter of defi nition
Property
Some preliminary criticisms of anarchy
5 Law without orders
Where does law come from?
The conditions for the emergence of law
The context for the emergence of law
Customary law
Natural law
It simply would not work
The Eskimo
Early Irish society
The Somalis
Characteristics of customary legal systems
Anarchy today
6 Delegitimizing the state
Making the world safe from democracy
'We're on a mission from God!'
Democracy and representation
What is it to represent?
In what way are political representatives representative ?
What are constitutions? Where do they come from?
Are constitutions contracts?
Constitutions as explicit contracts
Constitutions as implicit contracts
Constitutions are not contracts
7 Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index.
Notes:
Description based on publisher supplied metadata and other sources.
Local notes:
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Casey, Gerard Libertarian Anarchy
ISBN:
9781441149619
9781441125521
OCLC:
884017407