Lawyer and legal theorist Stephan Kinsella joins the show as we dive into Part II of Rothbard’s The Ethics of Liberty, grappling with the foundational issues of crime, proportionality, and contract. When is property justly held? When may injuries to a person or property be addressed with force, and how much force? How do we deal with one another contractually, in terms of promises and expectation? How do we resolve disputes privately? Rothbard presents a remarkable exposition of a theory of liberty, a normative justification for laissez-faire which was sorely lacking. Kinsella does a remarkable job of explaining Rothbard’s concepts with force and clarity, so you won’t want to miss this episode!

Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest:
  • Rothbard’s The Ethics of Liberty
  • Rothbard on the “Original Sin” in Land Titles: 1969 vs. 1974 (Nov. 5, 2014)
  • KOL146 | Interview of Williamson Evers on the Title-Transfer Theory of Contract
  • A Libertarian Theory of Contract: Title Transfer, Binding Promises, and Inalienability, Journal of Libertarian Studies 17, no. 2 (Spring 2003): 11-37
  • A Libertarian Theory of Punishment and Rights, 30 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 607-45 (1997)
  • Fraud, Restitution, and Retaliation: The Libertarian Approach
  • KOL197 | Tom Woods Show: The Central Rothbard Contribution I Overlooked, and Why It Matters: The Rothbard-Evers Title-Transfer Theory of Contract
  • Justice and Property Rights: Rothbard on Scarcity, Property, Contracts…
  • KOL004 | Interview with Walter Block on Voluntary Slavery



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Rothbard's The Ethics of Liberty with Stephan Kinsella