Huemer On Social Contract Theory

In this talk hosted by Liberty On The Rocks Michael Huemer sketches out the argument in his book The Problem of Political Authority and focuses especially on attempts to justify the state via social contract.

My favorite quote from this talk: “What divides libertarians from everybody else is not a belief about rights or what rights people have, because the judgements libertarians make about the state are the same as the judgements almost everyone makes about private agents. So it’s not that we believe in rights that other people don’t believe in, or that other people believe in rights that we don’t believe in. It’s that other people think the state is exempt from the moral principles that apply to non-government agents.”

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