Foundations of Libertarian Ethics

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8. Punishment and War

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06/30/2006Roderick T. Long

When can you respond to force? The four response positions range from “never” to “impose by force some further penalty on them”. A person’s capacity must be considered. Compensation instead of punishment is generally a libertarian society’s choice.

Threatening to do something is not the same as doing it, but one cannot threaten violence against the innocent.

For the most part, welfare recipients are not rights violators.

The eighth of ten lectures from the Foundations of Libertarian Ethics seminar with Roderick T. Long.

Punishment and War | Roderick T. Long


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Roderick T. Long is a senior fellow of the Mises Institute and a professor of philosophy at Auburn University. He runs the Molinari Institute and Molinari Society. His website is

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