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Mises and Argumentation Ethics

My buddy Vijay Boyapati mused in an email whether Mises had anticipated the eventual development of argumentation ethics. "Here he has a little discussion here which really reminds me a lot of Hoppe's Argumentation Ethics:"

Any kind of human cooperation and social mutuality is essentially an order of peace and conciliatory settlement of disputes. In the domestic relations of any societal unit, be it a contractual or a hegemonic bond, there must be peace. Where there are violent conflicts and as far as there are such conflicts, there is neither cooperation nor societal bonds. Those political parties which in their eagerness to substitute the hegemonic system for the contractual system point at the rottenness of peace and of bourgeois security, extol the moral nobility of violence and bloodshed and praise war and revolution as the eminently natural methods of interhuman relations, contradict themselves. For their own utopias are designed as realms of peace.

As Vijay observed, "In a way it feels like a 'macro' version of Hoppe's more 'micro' argumentation ethics." (See my post Revisiting Argumentation Ethics.)


Stephan Kinsella

Stephan Kinsella is an attorney in Houston, director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom, and editor of Libertarian Papers.