Monday, February 24, 2014

Are There Any Good Arguments for the State?

Michael Huemer, author of The Problem of Political Authority, joins Tom to review the fallacies in common arguments for the state.

There is this question about the nature of political authority and political authority is a kind of hypothetical moral property that the state allegedly has which gives it a different moral status from all other agents. Political authority is supposed to explain why it's permissible for the state to do all kinds of things that are not permissible for any other agent. So if I have a charity that I want to collect money for, it's not considered permissible for me to collect it by force, I can't go out and extort people and threaten to imprison people if they don't contribute to my charity, even if it's a really good charity. But the state is allowed to do that.

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