Kurt is interviewed by Jeff Berwick on Anarchast, and is asked Jeff’s favourite question, “How did you become an anarchist?” Kurt explains how he put the pieces of liberty together – understanding social or personal liberty, understanding economic liberty, understanding the philosophical and legal aspects, and finally having the “click”, realising that a state is unnecessary and undesirable.
A continuation! Here is the second half of Kurt’s epic story of how he started asking the big questions about government. Where does the government’s authority come from? Is it possible to have a healthy economy without a government? Is taxation moral? We also discuss the most famous libertarian in Australian politics, David Leyonhjelm; whether Prime Minister Tony Abbott is an alien; and the fact that every Mexican seems to understand when we say “taxation is theft”.
Part one of a two part epic. Kurt explains his philosophical and political development, in the steps he took and the questions he had to ask to become a voluntaryist/libertarian anarchist. Why does government get to decide what you do with your body? What lawful right do police have to detain you when you’ve injured no-one? Can an involuntary government be a moral institution?
In this episode, we pool our economic thoughtpower together and attempt to make an estimate of what will happen in the world economy in the coming years. We reflect on some of the causes of the severe currency adjustment over 2014. We look at the actions of certain central banks – some increasing their money supplies, some staying stable for the moment, and some trying to increase their holdings of physical gold significantly. Is an another economic collapse around the corner?
We discuss Austrian economics, and how it’s different in many ways to the schools of thought that are normally taught in universities, such as Keynesian economics and Modern Monetary Theory. We discuss the legitimacy of government institutions such as an offensive military, the police, and how some more effective solutions could be provided without taxation.