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Reflections on Legal Polycentrism

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07/30/2014Gerard N. Casey

In attempting to promote the libertarian viewpoint, particularly in its anarchic variety, one is faced with a variety of problems. Some problems are theoretical and are well treated in the comprehensive literature; other problems, however, are practical or rhetorical and, while the theoretical problems (and their solution) are intrinsically the more important, it is vital that the practical/rhetorical problems be overcome if the theoretical points are to get a fair hearing. As human beings, we perceive and understand in accordance with our needs, our desires and our interests. No matter how marvelous a theory may be, it is useless if its intended audience is unreceptive. The point of rhetoric, then, is to open the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf so that they may see and hear.

Volume 22, Number 1 (2010)


Contact Gerard N. Casey

Gerard Casey is a Professor in the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin and an Associated Scholar at the Mises Institute. He is author of Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State and Murray Rothbard (Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers).

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Casey, Gerard. "Reflections on Legal Polycentrism." Journal of Libertarian Studies 22, No. 1 (2010): 22–34.