The Ragnar Hypothesis
September 19, 2011
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In his article The Comedy of Libertarian Hypocrisy, Dan Agin writes that libertarians are comically inconsistent when they make use of emergency medical services because of state involvement. Indeed, even by continuing to live in this world. Murray Rothbard appears to have already largely addressed related issues. Walter Block has also developed a position for such controversies as well (here, here, here, here, here and probably more). It is called the Ragnar hypothesis by Stephan Kinsella. I’m inclined to agree with them.
Basically, my libertarian understanding is that the states of the world are institutionalized aggressions of varying degrees against people and their human rights, such as in property, association, trade, contract and so on. The attack by Agin amounts to saying that libertarians are inconsistent to not commit suicide instead of eating government subsidized food and using infrastructure provided by government, and so on. The state actually does such things with other people’s money that it has looted. Ragnar Danneskjöld of Atlas Shrugged relieved them of such property.
Unfortunately, such criminal organizations dominate the world. I’m going to have to disagree that libertarians are being inconsistent when they oppose the state and yet relieve it of ill-gotten gains (“services”). In my opinion, it seems like a reasonably good and libertarian thing to do.