The South-West Hills, Portland, OR

We talked about how his political beliefs developed into libertarian anarchism, or voluntaryism, and how he perceives progressive/liberal politics as being based on force. He claimed society would work without the use of so much regulatory and military force if everything was clearly owned by someone and all disputes could be resolved by paying the owner their rightful market price. As a way of trying to show me how property rights are at the core of society he stated that each person’s relationship to their self was one of ownership, which I wouldn’t accept. I also did not grasp how it made sense to him that people could live in society without a system of governance that transcended their individual choices. But he got me thinking about how we justify democratic government through the idea that we as citizens have consented to being governed this way, when many of us have never actually consented.

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