Great Post on Stop Signs

July 14th, 2009 by Eric Cope

http://mises.org/story/3570

As a libertarian, I am not against rules. I even enforce rules… on my property. I don’t let my son play with exposed electrical wires, that is against one of my rules. The above story makes a great statement.

Now, I’m not saying that we don’t need rules in society. But the question of who makes the rules and on what basis becomes supremely important. Will the rule making flow from the matrix of voluntary exchange based on the ethic of serving others through private enterprise? Or will the rules be made and enforced by people wearing guns and bulletproof vests with a license to shock or kill based on minor annoyances?

I’d rather the former than the latter. Guns are only necessary for making others live the way you do, or defending your lifestyle. The first is coercion, the sole business of government, and the second is self defense.

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