Sent: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 9:09 PM
Subject: Social Services
Professor Block, I am T, a Libertarian and avid reader of the Mises Institute, its books and Lewrockwell.Org. I am wondering on what is the libertarian alternative to things like Social Services and domestic abuse? I have seen the state consistently wrong and unjust towards those I personally know where the state has intervened to take away children, etc. Thanks! –T
Dear T: The alternative is private courts:
Benson, 1990, 2002; Friedman, 1979, 1989; Hoppe, 2001; Osterfeld, 1989; Peden, 1977; Rothbard, 1973, 1982, 1991; Stringham, 1998-1999; Tannehill and Tannehill, 1984; Woolridge, 1970
Benson, Bruce L. 1990. The Enterprise of Law: Justice Without the State. San Francisco: Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy.
Benson, Bruce L. 2002. “Justice without Government: The Merchant Courts of Medieval Europe and Their Modern Counterparts,” printed in Beito, Gordon and Tabarrok (editors) /The Voluntary City: Choice, Community and Civil Society. / Oakland, CA: The Independent Institute pp. 127 – 150.
Friedman, David. 1979. “Private creation and enforcement of law: a historical case.” University of Chicago Law Review. http://www.daviddfriedman.com/Academic/Iceland/Iceland.html
Friedman, David. 1989. The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, La Salle, IL: Open Court, 2nd ed. http://www.daviddfriedman.com/Libertarian/Machinery_of_Freedom/MofF_Chapter_41.html
Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. 2001. Democracy – The God That Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order, Rutgers University, N.J.: Transaction Publishers
Osterfeld, David. 1989. “Anarchism and the Public Goods Issue: Law, Courts and the Police,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1, Winter, pp. 47-68; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/9_1/9_1_3.pdf
Peden, Joseph R. 1977. “Property rights in Celtic Irish law,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 1. No. 2, Spring, pp. 81-96
Rothbard, Murray N. 1973. For a New Liberty, Macmillan, New York; http://mises.org/rothbard/newlibertywhole.asp
Rothbard, Murray N. 1973. “Free Market, Police, Courts, and Law.” Reason, March, pp. 5 19.
Rothbard, Murray N. 1982. The Ethics of Liberty, Humanities Press, Atlantic Highlands, N.J.
Rothbard, Murray N. 1991. “On Denationalizing the Courts,” Rothbard-Rockwell Report. Burlingame, CA: Center for Libertarian Studies, Vol. 2, No. 10, October.
Stringham, Edward. 1998-1999. “Justice Without Government,” Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 14, No. 1, Winter, pp. 53-77
Tannehill, Morris and Linda. 1984. The Market for Liberty, New York: Laissez Faire Books
Woolridge, William C. 1970. Uncle Sam the Monopoly Man, New Rochelle, N.Y.: Arlington House5:17 pm on October 26, 2017