Competitiveness and Libertarianism

From: M
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2016 1:11 AM
Subject: Montessori theories

This makes sense to me.  What would the libertarians say about this, Walter?

Dear M:

Libertarianism is SOLELY a theory of just law; it says that the only legitimate laws are those prohibiting the violation of persons or justly owned property; laws such as those prohibiting murder, rape, theft, kidnapping, etc. are the only licit laws. There are no other just laws. For example, laws against discrimination, libel, consenting adult behavior such as concerning drugs, sex, laws compelling the payment of taxes are all illicit. So, the only thing a libertarian qua libertarian can say about schools promoting non competiveness for kids is that they should not be against the law; Montessori teachers should not be jailed. Libertarians, not qua libertarian, have strong views on all sorts of things: which is better, chess or checkers? Which is better, Mozart or Jazz? And, also, which is better, competitiveness or non-competitiveness for children. Heck, for adults too. But QUA libertiaran, libertarians have absolutely no views on any of these issues.



12:46 pm on February 3, 2019