Comments on: Discussion of Bruce Gilley’s “The case for colonialism” over at Cato Unbound. http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/10/discussion-bruce-gilleys-case-colonialism-cato-unbound/ Free Markets and Social Justice Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 By: Old OddJobs http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/10/discussion-bruce-gilleys-case-colonialism-cato-unbound/#comment-82803 Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:34:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=12056#comment-82803 In which nationalists pose as libertarians in order to save libertarianism. Or is it the other way round? What is an “alien”? What is a “foreigner”? Who are the “colonizers”? What is the “polity”?

As usual, libertarians stand up for voluntary, pre-political, non-political organization…. Then run a mile screaming when they realise this involves defending races, peoples, tribes, nations, cults etc Icky! Gross! Biological! Irrational!

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By: Jeff R. http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/10/discussion-bruce-gilleys-case-colonialism-cato-unbound/#comment-82745 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:08:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=12056#comment-82745 Hechter holds that “a government is legitimate to the extent that its rules are considered rightful by both dominant and subordinate members of society” (Hechter 2013, 16).

Yuck. What a mushy concept. Who are the dominant and subordinate members of society, anyway? Do we really think we have a good grasp on how they might have thought or felt about say, British rule in North America in the 1700’s? I would excise this point entirely from the debate and replace it with something like “how much violence was necessary for the government to enforce its laws and maintain its rule?” Or something.

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